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11/13/19 The Assessment and Treatment of Sleep Disturbance in Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

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General Information

Title: The Assessment and Treatment of Sleep Disturbance in Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Presented By: Associate Professor Laurie McLay, PhD

Date: Wednesday, November 13,  2019

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm eastern (New York)

Recording Availability: November 14, 2019 – November 19, 2019 5 pm eastern

Abstract

Sleep problems are ubiquitous among children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. If left untreated, these sleep problems are likely to persist, resulting in adverse secondary effects on the daytime functioning and wellbeing of people with developmental disabilities and their families. Sleep problems in children with ASD are underpinned by a combination of biopsychosocial etiologies and there is evidence to support the use of both pharmacological and behavioral approaches. This webinar will focus on evidence-based approaches to the assessment and treatment of sleep problems in children and adolescents with developmental disabilities.

In this webinar Dr. McLay will present information on the prevalence, etiology, types and topography of sleep problems in children with developmental disabilities; a bio-behavioral model of sleep disturbance in children, with a particular emphasis on the role of learning and the environment in sleep problems; and the use of functional behavioral assessment (FBA) to inform the development of individualized, parent-implemented interventions for sleep problems. Dr. McLay will then review empirically supported interventions for sleep problems in children with developmental disabilities and some of the unique challenges associated with clinical practice in this area. This presentation will include supporting case illustrations and current research data.

Learning Objectives

Following this webinar participants should be able to:

1) Select appropriate methods of assessment, data collection and monitoring, for use within the sleep context.
2) Identify contingencies that may be maintaining sleep problems, based upon case studies presented.
3) Identify empirically-supported FBA-informed intervention strategies, based upon case studies presented.

Presenter Bio and Disclosure Statement

Laurie McLay is an Associate Professor in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand). Dr. McLay has over 15 years of experience working with children with developmental disabilities and their families in New Zealand, Australia, and the U.S. She has conducted research into preference-enhanced communication systems, the effectiveness of video self-modelling, and Functional Behavioural Assessment. Most recently, her research has focused on behaviorally-based assessment and treatment for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and sleep problems. Dr. McLay has received two major research grants to support this ongoing work and published over 25 journal articles and book chapters. She has also presented at a number of national and international conferences.

The presenter(s) and/or presenters’ family members do not have financial arrangement or affiliation with any of the mentioned during this talk.

Credit Hour Information

  • Certified/Licensed Behavior Analysts: 3 Type II  CEUs
  • Psychologists: 3 CEs
  • Social workers and counselors: 3 Clinical CEs/3 CEs

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Schedule

6:00 pm: Introduction
6:05 pm: Webinar begins
7:30 pm: 10 minute break
7:40 pm: First Q&A session
7:50 pm: Webinar resumes
8:45 pm: Second Q&A session
9:00 pm: Evaluation, post-test and attendance code submission forms