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

Papadopoulos, Nicole, Sciberras, Emma, Hiscock, Harriet, Williams, Katrina, McGillivray, Jane, Mihalopoulos, Cathrine, Engel, Lidia, Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew, Bellows, Susannah T., Marks, Deborah, Howlin, Patricia and Rinehart, Nicole 2019, Sleeping sound with autism spectrum disorder (ASD): study protocol for an efficacy randomised controlled trial of a tailored brief behavioural sleep intervention for ASD, BMJ Open, vol. 9, no. 11, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-029767.

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Title Sleeping sound with autism spectrum disorder (ASD): study protocol for an efficacy randomised controlled trial of a tailored brief behavioural sleep intervention for ASD
Author(s) Papadopoulos, NicoleORCID iD for Papadopoulos, Nicole orcid.org/0000-0001-9057-1672
Sciberras, EmmaORCID iD for Sciberras, Emma orcid.org/0000-0003-2812-303X
Hiscock, Harriet
Williams, Katrina
McGillivray, JaneORCID iD for McGillivray, Jane orcid.org/0000-0003-2000-6488
Mihalopoulos, CathrineORCID iD for Mihalopoulos, Cathrine orcid.org/0000-0002-7127-9462
Engel, LidiaORCID iD for Engel, Lidia orcid.org/0000-0002-7959-3149
Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, MatthewORCID iD for Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Matthew orcid.org/0000-0003-1145-6057
Bellows, Susannah T.
Marks, Deborah
Howlin, Patricia
Rinehart, NicoleORCID iD for Rinehart, Nicole orcid.org/0000-0001-6109-3958
Journal name BMJ Open
Volume number 9
Issue number 11
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher BMJ Open
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2019
ISSN 2044-6055
Keyword(s) ASD
RCT
autism spectrum disorder
behavioural sleep intervention
sleep
Summary 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 experience moderate to severe sleep problems. Participants are recruited from paediatrician clinics in Victoria, Australia, and via social media. Families interested in the study are screened for eligibility via phone, and then asked to complete a baseline survey online, assessing child sleep problems, and child and family functioning. Participants are then randomised to the intervention group or treatment as usual comparator group. Families in the intervention group attend two face-to-face sessions and a follow-up phone call with a trained clinician, where families are provided with individually tailored behavioural sleep strategies to help manage the child's sleep problems. Teacher reports of sleep, behavioural and social functioning are collected, and cognitive ability assessed to provide measures blind to treatment group. The primary outcome is children's sleep problems as measured by the Children's Sleep Habits Questionnaire at 3 months post-randomisation. Secondary outcomes include parent and child quality of life; child social, emotional, behavioural and cognitive functioning; and parenting stress and parent mental health. Cost-effectiveness of the intervention is also evaluated. Ethics and dissemination Findings from this study will be published in peer-reviewed journals and disseminated at national and international conferences, local networks and online. Trial registration number ISRCTN14077107 (ISRCTN registry dated on 3 March 2017).
Language eng
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-029767
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HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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