The development of a culturally appropriate school based intervention for Australian Aboriginal children living in remote communities: A formative evaluation of the Alert ProgramĀ® intervention

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Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, ISSN: 0045-0766, Vol: 64, Issue: 3, Page: 243-252

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Wagner, Bree; Fitzpatrick, James; Symons, Martyn; Jirikowic, Tracy; Cross, Donna S.; Latimer, Jane
Wiley-Blackwell; Wiley
Health Professions; executive function; fetal alcohol spectrum disorders; Indigenous; paediatric; rural and remote health; Education
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Although previous research has demonstrated the benefits of targeting self-regulation in non-Aboriginal children, it is unclear whether such programs would be effective for Aboriginal children attending school in remote communities. Some of these children have been diagnosed with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) impairing their ability to self-regulate. The aim of this article is to describe a three phase formative process to develop and pilot a curriculum version of the Alert Program , a promising intervention for improving self-regulation that could be used in remote community schools. This modified version of the program will be subsequently tested in a cluster randomised controlled trial.