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30-11-2018 | Original Paper | Uitgave 4/2019

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 4/2019

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

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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders > Uitgave 4/2019
Auteurs:
Cristine A. Roberts, Kevin C. Smith, Ashley K. Sherman
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The results of this study were presented to the Society of Pediatric Nurses in April, 2018 and to Patient Care Services staff at Grand Rounds at CMH in May, 2018.

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Abstract

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.

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