One of the central characteristics of autism, confirmed from clinical experience and research, is a difficulty achieving an age-appropriate sleep cycle. As clinicians we frequently explore an autistic individual’s ability to fall asleep and factors that disrupt the duration, depth, and quality of sleep. We recognise that a good night’s sleep is extremely valuable in encouraging concentration and emotion regulation for the following day.
We now have effective strategies to improve an autistic person’s sleep and resolve issues such as an autistic child sleeping with a parent, which can be disruptive for the whole family.
We will cover:
- The function of sleep
- The expected sleep cycle and stages of sleep throughout the life span
- Research and clinical experience on sleep issues associated with autism
- Aspects of autism that affect sleep such as sensory sensitivity, anxiety, melatonin metabolism
- Sleep education programmes
- Behavioral interventions for sleep
- Sleep advice from autistic adolescents
Webcast Process: The webcast includes didactic teaching and Q&A. Participants attend via link to a live presentation. They have access to a chat room where they can ask questions at any time. There is opportunity to learn from workshop participants, as well as the trainers.
About the speakers
Prof Tony Attwood PhD With a remarkable career spanning five decades, Professor Tony Attwood is one of the world’s foremost specialists on Autism. Holding an Honour’s degree in Psychology from the University of Hull, a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Surrey, and a PhD from the University of London, his credentials are a testament to his expertise. Currently serving as an adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Queensland, Professor Attwood’s impact has enriched the global understanding of autism.
Alongside Dr Michelle Garnett, Professor Attwood co-founded Attwood & Garnett Events in 2019, driven by the shared goal of enhancing autism awareness and understanding. Their shared vision seeks to reshape the narrative surrounding autism to create a world where autism is embraced, and the diverse strengths, talents, and perspectives of autistic individuals are celebrated. This transformative narrative fosters a more inclusive and accepting society, benefitting all its members.
Renowned for his extensive contributions to understanding Asperger’s Syndrome, now commonly referred to as autism, Professor Attwood has authored numerous publications on the subject. His seminal book, Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals debuted in 1998, resonated globally and has since found its voice in over 25 languages, making his insights accessible across cultures and continents.
With a dedicated commitment to practical application, he has run a private practice for 30 years, only recently closing his books due to a long waiting list. Beyond his clinical work, he dedicates significant time to travel, sharing insights and knowledge through workshops and seminars across national and international platforms.