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Send correspondence to: Claire D. Coles, PhD, 12 Executive Park, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA 30329, Phone # 404-712-9814, FAX # 404-712-9809, ccoles@emory.edu.

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This research was supported by NIH/NIAAA Grant # R21/33 AA019582


  • Science & Technology
  • Life Sciences & Biomedicine
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pediatrics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Neurosciences & Neurology
  • Computer game
  • FASD
  • metacognitive strategies
  • parent training

GoFAR: improving attention, behavior and adaptive functioning in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: Brief report


Journal Title:

Developmental Neurorehabilitation


Volume 21, Number 5


, Pages 345-349

Type of Work:

Article | Post-print: After Peer Review


Objective: This brief report describes the GoFAR intervention designed to improve attention, behavior, and adaptive functioning in children with FASD, ages 5 to 10 years. Methods: Thirty children were randomized to one of three conditions: GoFAR; FACELAND, and CONTROL; 25 completed the interventions. Over 10 sessions children and caregivers learned a metacognitive strategy (FAR) designed to improve cognitive control of behavior and adaptive functioning and practiced it during behavior analog therapy. Attention, behavior problems, and adaptive skills were measured pre- and post-intervention. Results: From pre- to post-testing the GoFAR intervention group improved on the Test of Variables of Attention (TOVA). Both intervention groups improved in Daily Living Skills. Conclusion: This pilot study demonstrated that children with FASD and their caregivers benefit from a focused intervention designed to improve effortful control of behavior. The study suggests the need for a larger clinical trial to evaluate the intervention’s effectiveness.

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