What is the project about?
Sleeping Sound is a brief treatment program for sleep problems. Early findings in children with developmental challenges have suggested that this program can improve their sleeping difficulties. This study aims to see whether the program improves sleep problems, as well as wellbeing and daily functioning in primary school aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Who can take part?
We are seeking families with children:
• Primary school aged (5-13 years)
• With moderate to severe behavioural sleeping difficulties
• With a confirmed diagnosis of ASD without intellectual disability
• Living in Victoria, Australia
If your child has ASD and intellectual disability, please go to www.sssn.com.au to look at our related project Sleeping Sound with Special Needs.
What will I be asked to do?
• Complete a screening questionnaire over the phone at a time that suits you. This is to make sure that the study is suitable for you and your child.
• Complete online surveys at the beginning, 3, 6 and 12 months.
• Your child will be asked to complete a learning assessment at 6 months.
• You and your child will be randomly allocated to either: Sleeping Sound treatment program OR treatment as usual group. Families in the treatment group will have two free face-to-face intervention sessions and a follow up call with a trained clinician.
Where is the study located
The intervention sessions will take place at Deakin University (Burwood or Geelong) or the Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville.
How can I find out more?
If you have any questions about the study, please contact the research team on 03 9246 8937 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can download a copy of our Participant Information Sheet.
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