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Systematic Review of Interventions for Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Peadon, E., Rhys-Jones, B., et al. (2009).
BMC Pediatrics, 9(35).

This review meets the criteria for a high-quality evidence-based systematic review.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review states a clearly focused question or aim No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality Yes
Quality assessments are reproducible Yes
Characteristics of the included studies are provided Yes

This is a review of quasi randomized controlled trials (RCTs), non-RCTs, and RCTs evaluating pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

Question(s)/Aim(s) Addressed:
Question not specifically stated.

Children under 18 years old with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

Pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. Non-pharmacological interventions where divided into the following categories: educational & learning strategies, social skills & social communication interventions, and behavioural interventions.

Number of Studies Included:

Years Included:
Through January 2009


Social Communication Disorders
  • Treatment

    • Cognition/Language

      • Behavioral Interventions/Techniques & Pragmatics/Social Skills Treatment 

        • "Studies evaluating social communication and behavioural strategies [...] suggested that social skills training may improve social skills and behaviour at home" (p. 1).

Sponsoring Body:
Drug and Alcohol Services, South Australia; National Health and Medical Research Council; Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit, Division of Paediatrics and Child Health, Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Social Skills, Congenital Disorders

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