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Project Element Element Description

Project Title

Project Title

Online and In Person Parent Education/Support for Families of Children with ASD and Insomnia

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Roberts, Cristine

Description

Description

Most children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have sleep problems that impact their ability to adapt to everyday demands of life. Characteristics of ASD, such as repetitive behaviors and social communication deficits become more problematic when children experience long-term poor sleep. Sleep deprivation is also detrimental to all family members. Face-to-face (F2F) sleep educational sessions for parents have improved children’s sleep and improved families’ quality of life. Interventions using technology such as on-line education have been effective in changing health behaviors in a variety of health conditions. Currently, there are no published studies that evaluate the effect of on-line educational sessions for children with ASD and insomnia. The proposed project employs two formats of education and support: F2F and online. Delivered to small groups of randomized parent participants, results from 72 families will be assessed. The specific aim is to determine whether an online educational program with two sessions, including parent blogging and online facilitator support, provides the same benefit as F2F education/telephone support. Children’s sleep and quality of life appraisals will be compared between the groups. A long-term goal is to apply the results to the design of effective online services to assist families in improving sleep for their child with ASD. The online educational modality could serve greater numbers of families in a convenient, accessible manner.

Funder

Funder

Organization for Autism Research

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

20000

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2015-2016

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. 4SH. Support at least two studies that focus on research on health promotion and prevention of secondary conditions in people with ASD by 2012. Secondary conditions of interest include weight issues and obesity, injury, and co-occurring psychiatric and medical conditions. IACC Recommended Budget: $5,000,000 over 3 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Online and In Person Parent Education/Support for Families of Children with ASD and Insomnia (External web link)

Institution

Institution

UMKC Office of Research Services

State/Country

State/Country

Missouri

Project Number

Project Number

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

N/A

 
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