Pilot trial could lead to better sleep for children with ASD

Pilot trial could lead to better sleep for children with ASD

Professor Nicole Rinehart and a team of researchers at Monash University are currently conducting a pilot trial aimed at helping autistic children get better sleep. The study is open to primary school aged children (5-12 years), with a diagnosis of autism without an intellectual disability, with moderate-severe behavioural sleep difficulties.

What is the project about?

Telehealth Sleeping Sound Autism is a research study run by Monash University, which aims to evaluate a brief behavioural sleep intervention delivered via telehealth, to see whether it improves sleep difficulties, wellbeing and daily functioning for autistic children. There is early evidence that this program can improve sleep in autistic children.

Who can take part?

families with children:
– Aged 5-12 years
– With a confirmed diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder without an intellectual disability
– With moderate to severe behavioural sleep difficulties
– Living in Australia

What will you be asked to do?

– Complete a screening questionnaire over the phone
– Complete an online survey at the beginning, and at 3 and 6 months
You and your child will be randomly allocated to either: Sleeping Sound telehealth treatment group OR the treatment as usual group. Families in the telehealth treatment group will receive two free telehealth sessions and a follow-up call with a trained clinician.

How can you take part?

You can check your eligibility Here and if eligible, a member of the research team will then be in contact with you.

Autism Advisory & Support Service are not involved in this research study and are not the point of contact.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact the Sleeping Sound team on (03) 9905 3100

or at telehealth-sleeping-sound@monash.edu

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