Journal article

Sleeping sound with autism spectrum disorder (ASD): study protocol for an efficacy randomised controlled trial of a tailored brief behavioural sleep intervention for ASD

Nicole Papadopoulos, Emma Sciberras, Harriet Hiscock, Katrina Williams, Jane McGillivray, Cathrine Mihalopoulos, Lidia Engel, Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Susannah T Bellows, Deborah Marks, Patricia Howlin, Nicole Rinehart

BMJ Open | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2019


INTRODUCTION: Sleep problems are a characteristic feature of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with 40% to 80% of children experiencing sleep difficulties. Sleep problems have been found to have a pervasive impact on a child's socio-emotional functioning, as well as on parents' psychological functioning. The Sleeping Sound ASD project aims to evaluate the efficacy of a brief behavioural sleep intervention in reducing ASD children's sleep problems in a fully powered randomised controlled trial (RCT). Intervention impact on child and family functioning is also assessed. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: The RCT aims to recruit 234 children with a diagnosis of ASD, aged 5-13 years, who experienc..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship

Awarded by NHMRC Practitioner fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC; project grant no APP1101989). ES is funded by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship 1110688 (2016-21) and a veski Inspiring Women Fellowship. HH is supported by an NHMRC Practitioner fellowship 1136222 (2018-2022). The Murdoch Children's Research Institute is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program.