Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Sleep Education Program for Adolescents and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Last Updated: Thursday, September 19, 2013

Principal Investigator: Whitney Loring, Psy.D.


This research project provides adolescents/young adults and parents with tools to help their 11-to-21 year-old child sleep. Tools include:

2 hours of individualized education with a psychologist

2 follow-up phone calls with a psychologist

We will ask:

  • 1) The adolescent/young adult to wear a watch that measures activity and sleep.
  • 2) The adolescent/young adult and parent to attend a session to learn about this watch.
  • 3) The adolescent/young adult and parent to keep a diary of wake and sleep times for 10 days at a time.
  • 4) The adolescent/young adult and parent to fill out sleep survey forms before and after education.
  • 5) The adolescent/young adult and parent to come for education sessions at Vanderbilt.

Study supported by Organization for Autism Research

Participant Criteria

Adolescents/young adults ages 11-21 years who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder, have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, and live with a parent/caregiver.


Sleep Intervention at no cost; families will get feedback and be compensated for their time.

Visit Requirements

3-4 visits


Download Brochure

Contact Information

Rebecca Johnston

Want to Participate in this Study?

Enter your name and contact information and this study's coordinators will contact you if there are openings available.