Study Finds Video Games Can Help Improve Executive Functioning in Children with FASD

May 24, 2012

Jacqueline Pei, a registered psychologist who specializes in FASD, is researching how a computer program called Caribbean Quest is improving the cognitive function of people with the condition.

Pei and a team of doctors from the University of Alberta and University of Victoria - where Caribbean Quest was developed - are working on a study called Executive Functioning Training in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Twenty-five kids, ages 6 to 14, are involved, with each spending 12 weeks playing the game.

Pei said research is in its early stages. She could not say with certainty that playing the game would help every FASD child. [However] "MRI scans taken from study participants showed changes in the white matter of the brain - evidence that the exercises are having an effect."

Above is an excerpt from a news article writen by Manisha Krishnan of Calgary Herald. To read the full article, please click here.