Our research program is one of the first systematic studies of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) intervention.
When children are exposed to alcohol before birth, they can have lifelong learning and behavior problems, called fetal alcohol spectrum disorders or FASD. While research tells us a great deal about how to diagnose FASD and is starting to describe the many difficulties these children face as they grow up, research on how to successfully intervene with FASD and how to improve the lives of these children and their families is new. Our research program in the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development is one of the first systematic studies of FASD intervention.
Our current projects include:
- A community-based research study in which we are helping families who are raising children with FASD better understand and manage their children’s behavior and feel more effective as parents. We hope to train providers in other communities to use this specialized intervention.
- A plan to develop practical treatments for children with FASD with sleep problems based on new information we have recently uncovered.
- Studying learning difficulties in children with FASD so we can create useful educational interventions, and exploring the problems these children have in early "self-regulation" so we can find ways to provide direct treatment early in life.
We are helping families who are raising children with FASD better understand and manage their children's behavior and feel more effective as parents.