The Aware Program


Mindfulness program for teenagers

Each program contains:

  • 4 courses

  • Access to the online program for one year

  • Access to resources for parents/caregivers

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  • A new mindfulness skill is taught in every lesson.
  • Each lesson contains 4-5 sections, with each lasting approximately 15 minutes.
  • After each mindfulness skill is explained and demonstrated, teens are given many opportunities to practice the skills.
  • The program includes videos of teenagers using mindfulness skills in coping with stressful or challenging real-world situations.
  • The entire program takes about four hours to complete.
  • Simple navigation and instructions
  • Minimal text
  • Multiple forms of media (audio, animation, video)
  • Interactive activities and games
  • Numerous opportunities to practice
  • Videotaped real-world scenarios
  • Courses are self-paced and presented in short 15-minute lessons

What supports are offered to parents or caregivers?

  • Caregiver Guide

    • Contains an overview of the program
    • Includes strategies to support their teen’s participation
  • Online, shortened overview of each lesson



How was it developed?

The content and functionality of the Aware program was developed with experts in the fields of mindfulness, FASD, and neuropsychology, as well as teens with an FASD and their caregivers. The development and evaluation of the program was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Does it work?

Yes! A randomized controlled study of the program was conducted with adolescents with FASD and their caregivers. For details on our findings, please visit the Research page.

Can my teen use the program independently?

Yes! The program was designed for your teen to complete it independently. However, some parents have opted to complete the program with their teen- whatever works best for you!

I am a therapist, can I buy this program to use with my clients?

Yes. But the program was designed to be used independently by a teen with support from a caregiver. The findings from the evaluation study are based on this delivery method.

Is this developmentally appropriate for my teen?

The program was developed for adolescents with FASD with the chronological ages of 13 to 18. The neurodevelopmental abilities of adolescents were taken into account during the development of the program.

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