Study Hopes Sleep Will Help Autistic Kids

Vanderbilt University is looking into whether better sleep routines could help children with autism. Their hypothesis is that educating parents on how to set up a good bedtime routine will lead to a more well rested child, which will lead to better behavior during the day, which may lead to more empowered parents who are more able to tackle other behavioral problems caused by the mysterious disorder.

“Our hypothesis is that parent education will result in better sleep in children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) and that enhanced sleep will result in improved behavior,” [said Dr. Beth Malow, professor of neurology and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, investigator, and principal investigator for the study]. “Parents will also be empowered by their successes in the sleep arena to tackle other aspects of their child’s behavior.”

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