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J Autism Dev Disord. 2019 Apr;49(4):1410-1422. doi: 10.1007/s10803-018-3832-2.

Comparison of Online and Face-to-Face Parent Education for Children with Autism and Sleep Problems.

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University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, USA.
Patient Care Services Research, Children's Mercy Hospital, 2401 Gillham Rd, Kansas City, MO, 64108, USA.
Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences, Children's Mercy Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, USA.
Department of Health Services and Outcomes Research, Children's Mercy Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, USA.


Many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have sleep disorders. Face-to-face (F2F) sessions have empowered parents to help their child sleep. Our goal was whether online technologies could provide similar improvements in children's sleep while also improving parents' quality of life. Identical programs were taught in two sessions to F2F and online parents. Measurements were compared from baseline to 4 and 8 weeks post teaching sessions. Twenty-three participants completed the program. Parent quality of life improved for both groups. Parent fatigue scores were improved and sustained for the online group. The total sleep score improved for both groups, while the online group had sustained decreases in night wakings. Online methods can conveniently help improve sleep for children with ASD.


Actigraphy; Autism; Children’s sleep disorders; Online teaching; Parents’ fatigue; Parents’ quality of life

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