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Project Title

Project Title

Treatment of sleep disturbances in young children with autism

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Johnson, Cynthia

Description

Description

Autism spectrum disorders (Autistic Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Asperger Disorder) are severe developmental disorders of early childhood onset affecting as many as 1 in 110 children. They are characterized by deficits in social interaction and communication, as well as repetitive behavior and restricted interests. While not a core feature of autism, it is widely accepted that a large percentage children with ASD present with significant sleep issues. Sleep problems in typically developing children are known to adversely impact daytime functioning, learning acquisition, as well as parenting and family functioning. For young children with autism whose development is already compromised by a range of deficits, the detrimental impact of sleep disturbances may be even more significant. However, the impact of sleep disturbances on optimal performance in behavioral and education interventions has not been systematically explored. In this pilot project, researchers will conduct a randomized clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of a behavioral parent training program for sleep disturbance in young children with autism compared to a parent education program. Children between the ages of 2 and 5 years diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder who also have significant sleep disturbance will be recruited for this 2 month study. This study represents a low cost and rapid clinical approach to sleep problems in this younger age group.

Funder

Funder

National Institutes of Health

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

222265

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2009-2012

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

Treatment of sleep disturbances in young children with autism (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of Pittsburgh

State/Country

State/Country

Pennsylvania

Project Number

Project Number

5R34MH082882-02

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Treatment of sleep disturbances in young children with autism | 214889 | 2012 | 5R34MH082882-03

 
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