Solving Sleep Problems in Children with ASD

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Beth Ann Malow, M.D.
Professor of Neurology and Director of Vanderbilt University’s Sleep Division

SFU Harbour Centre

Solving Sleep Problems in Children with ASD

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Level Intro/Intermediate
For Parents, community professionals, including Behavior Consultants, Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapists, IDP Consultants and health professionals.
Focus Children with significantly disrupted sleep patterns
Autism-specific? No – applicable to a range of children with special needs.

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About the Event

Many parents assume that nothing can be done about their nightly struggle to help their child with ASD go to sleep and stay asleep throughout the night. However, research is demonstrating that although common, poor sleep in children with ASD can be tackled effectively and that parent training is key to success. A good night’s sleep is fundamental to all children being able to learn and for their parents to function, and this event is relevant to both professionals and parents who are looking for practical steps that parents can take to reap the benefits of improved family health and quality of life. While developed specific to autism, many of the strategies that Dr. Malow will describe are relevant to children with a range of special needs. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

Topics include:

  • Overview of Sleep Issues in Autism
  • Best Practices in Sleep Screening
  • Practical Sleep Screening
  • Working with your Health Care Provider
  • Behavioral Treatment – Strategies from Vanderbilt’s Parent Sleep Education Program
  • Practical Behavioral Treatment
    • designing a program for a parent volunteer based on their child’s sleep habits; construct bedtime routine
    • inviting a parent volunteer to design a program for their child.

About the Saturday, June 21 Research Seminar – BCCH

Phenotyping Sleep/Wake Behaviours in Children with Autism (pdf) is a research seminar with Dr. Beth Malow, moderated by Dr. Osman Ipsiroglu. More information on this free seminar is available from this PDF.

There is no cost to attend this half-day research seminar, but there are very limited seats.

Please register for these events online with ACT or
call the office at 604-205-5467 or toll-free at 1-866-939-5188.

About the Presenter

Dr. Beth Ann Malow is the Burry Chair in Cognitive Childhood Development, Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, and Director of Vanderbilt University’s Sleep Division. Dr. Malow is the co-author of Solving Sleep Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders – a Guide for Frazzled Parents, available this summer. A parent of two children with ASD, Dr. Malow has great compassion for parents and a deep understanding of the practical techniques that parents can use to improve attention and behavior and lessen anxiety through better sleep.

Workshop Schedule

8:00 - 8:30am Registration (buy or bring your own coffee)
8:30 - 10:00am Session A
10:00 - 10:15am Morning Break (light snack provided)
10:15 - 12:00pm Session B
12:00 - 12:45pm Lunch (on your own)
12:45 - 2:30pm Session C
2:30 - 2:45pm Afternoon Break (light snack provided)
2:45 - 4:30pm Session 4


Date Parents, Para-Pros & Students Professionals
Early Bird Rate ends May 6th, 2014 $75 $125
Regular Rate ends June 4th, 2014 $100 $175
Late Rate begins June 5th, 2014 $150 $225


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Autism Funding

Parents who receive Autism Funding may use 20% of the total for equipment, books, training and travel costs. ACT's live events are considered eligible expenses by the Autism Funding Branch. Please pay when you register; the Autism Funding Branch will reimburse parents after the event.
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