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Physiological self-regulation and mindfulness in children with a diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

This study aimed to explore the differences in baseline respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) between children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and typically developing children and to investigate whether children with FASD have the capacity to engage in a brief mindfulness exercise. The authors concluded that children with FASD could engage in a mindfulness task, and both groups showed an increase in RSA. Further research is needed to establish whether prolonged mindfulness practice could be beneficial.

Publication: Developmental Neurorehabilitation

Date: April 2018

Authors: Natasha Reid, Paul Harnett, Frances O’Callaghan, Doug Shelton, Melissa Wyllie, and Sharon Dawe.

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