The intention of the trial is to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Alert Program in primary school aged children with or without Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
The aim of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of the Alert Program in improving self-regulation and executive function in primary school children, with or without FASD. Recent work has confirmed that FASD prevalence is amongst the highest in the world in remote communities in north-western Australia where alcohol misuse has been endemic. Thirty percent of children assessed in the Lililwan study had problems with self-regulation or their ability to change their state of arousal so that it appropriately matched the tasks to be performed. The Alert Program has been designed by occupational therapists to improve a child’s ability to self-regulate, and uses the analogy of a car engine to teach students about self-regulation. This work evaluates the use of the Alert Program in remote community settings where there is a high prevalence of FASD, and is being led by the Telethon Kids Institute, with Prof Latimer from the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health collaborating on this work.
This study is currently recruiting. Children enrolled in years one to six at one of the nine study site schools in the Fitzroy Valley may be eligible to participate.
Principal Investigator: Dr James Fitzpatrick
Institute for Musculoskeletal Health Investigator: Professor Jane Latimer
For more information about this Telethon Kids Institute project, please visit the Alert Program website or contact Study Coordinator, Bree Wagner. This study has received ethics approval from the University of Western Australia and funding through the NHMRC.