Sleep in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Sleep in Autism

Children, adolescents and adults with autism can have significant sleep problems. Trouble getting to sleep, waking at night and early morning waking are some of the most common. Prof Amanda Richdale, from LaTrobe University talks with us about why sleep problems occur in autism. 

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Guest interview:

Professor Amanda Richdale is a founding staff member at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC). Amanda completed her PhD at LaTrobe University, graduating in 1993. She then joined the Dept of Psychology & Intellectual Disability Studies at RMIT University where she remained until returning to La Trobe University and taking up a position at OTARC. Amanda’s research interests include autism spectrum disorder, disorders of development, and sleep. Amanda is a project leader in the Autism Cooperative Research Centre.

Regular Hosts:

Ms Kris Pierce RN MHSc MWellness, is a rare disease advocate and mother to Will who has SCN2A. Kris has held a range of board, project management, advocate and consumer representative roles and has been instrumental in working with local, state and federal governments to secure funding for multi-million dollar projects. Kris is highly skilled in building teams to work together collaboratively and is a co-founder of Genetic Epilepsy Team Australia (GETA) and SCN2A Australia, and a RARE Global Advocacy Leadership Council member.

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Dr David Cunnington is a sleep physician and father to Will who has SCN2A. He is director of Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre, and co-founder and contributor to SleepHub. David trained in sleep medicine both in Australia and at Harvard Medical School in the United States. David’s clinical practice covers all areas of sleep medicine and he is actively involved in training health professionals in sleep. David is a regular commentator on sleep, both in traditional and social media.
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