Teal tinted image of a young boy sleeping in his bed. Superimposed over the image is white text reading 'Sleep and Autism', and the presenters' names, Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett

Sleep and Autism

Sleep and Autism, was specifically designed to help autistic children, adolescents and adults improve their ability to fall asleep as well as their duration and quality of sleep. Participants will learn why autistic individuals struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep. Strategies from the latest research, clinical practice and autistic individuals themselves will be shared.

Who Will Benefit?

  • Autistic adolescents and adults
  • Parents, carers, and partners
  • Health professionals, including psychologists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, social workers, counsellors, GPs, paediatricians, psychiatrists, mental health nurses, nurse practitioners – mental health and developmental educators.

One of the central characteristics of autism, confirmed from clinical experience and research, is a difficulty achieving an age-appropriate sleep cycle. As clinicians we frequently explore an autistic individual’s ability to fall asleep and factors that disrupt the duration, depth, and quality of sleep. We recognise that a good night’s sleep is extremely valuable in encouraging concentration and emotion regulation for the following day.

We now have effective strategies to improve an autistic person’s sleep and resolve issues such as an autistic child sleeping with a parent, which can be disruptive for the whole family.

Topics covered:

  • The function of sleep
  • The expected sleep cycle and stages of sleep throughout the life span
  • Research and clinical experience on sleep issues associated with autism
  • Aspects of autism that affect sleep such as sensory sensitivity, anxiety, melatonin metabolism
  • Sleep education programmes
  • Behavioral interventions for sleep
  • Sleep advice from autistic adolescents

When: 1.30pm-4.45pm (AEST) Friday 26th August 2022

Where: Webinar online

Presented by: Professor Tony Attwood and Dr Michelle Garnett

Cost: $99.00 Early Bird (ends 07/07/22) or $120.00 Full Price.  Cost may be claimable from NDIS funding if you are Self-Managed or Plan Managed.

Find out more and register online