Comparison of Online and Face-to-Face Parent Education for Children with Autism and Sleep Problems.
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.
Journal of autism and developmental disorders
Autistic Disorder; Child; Child, Preschool; Computer-Assisted Instruction; Female; Humans; Male; Parents; Quality of Life; Sleep Wake Disorders; Surveys and Questionnaires
Actigraphy; Autism; Children’s sleep disorders; Online teaching; Parents’ fatigue; Parents’ quality of life
Roberts, C. A., Smith, K., Sherman, A. K. Comparison of Online and Face-to-Face Parent Education for Children with Autism and Sleep Problems. Journal of autism and developmental disorders 49, 1410-1422 (2019).