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Project Title

Project Title

Sleep education program for adolescents with autism spectrum disorders

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Loring, Whitney

Description

Description

Sleep problems affect many children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and are a major concern for parents of these children. Many studies of sleep problems in ASD have focused on young children, with less understood about the treatment of sleep problems in adolescents/young adults with ASD. Sleep problems can negatively impact daytime functioning in adolescents/young adults, including social challenges, hyperactivity, and daytime sleepiness, and can also affect family stress. Treatment of sleep problems with medications is not always successful and often has adverse side effects. Treatments that educate the adolescent/young adult, along with parents, on how to improve sleep patterns are an innovative opportunity to improve not only sleep but daytime functioning and family stress. We propose an education-based program to improve sleep in adolescents/young adults with ASD. The goals of this program are to assess the impact of the program on both nighttime sleep and daytime functioning. Following completion of questionnaires and wearing of an actigraphy watch, adolescents/young adults and their parents will be involved in 2 one-hour individual sessions and 2 follow-up phone calls. These sessions will focus on daytime habits, bedtime routines, sleep timing, relaxation techniques, and other strategies. After the sessions are complete, measures obtained at baseline will be repeated to assess whether the intervention improved nighttime sleep and daytime functioning.

Funder

Funder

Organization for Autism Research

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

20000

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2013-2014

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 4SA. Support at least three randomized controlled trials that address co-occurring medical conditions associated with ASD by 2010. IACC Recommended Budget: $13,400,000 over 3 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Sleep education program for adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Vanderbilt University

State/Country

State/Country

Tennessee

Project Number

Project Number

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Sleep education program for adolescents with autism spectrum disorders | 0 | 2015 |
Sleep education program for adolescents with autism spectrum disorders | 10000 | 2014 |

 
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