Child and adolescent sleep research network publishes new paper


A new collaboration, the White Rose Child and Adolescent Sleep Research Network, has recently published a paper titled “Sleep disorders in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder: a pragmatic approach to assessment and management”. The paper, co-authored by Paul J Shanahan, Miriam Isaac and Jane E Blackwell who met during this White Rose Collaboration Fund project, discusses the assessment and treatment of common sleep disorders experienced by individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  

Worked on collaboratively during Covid-19 lockdown, the paper aims to enable clinicians to:  

  • recognise common coexisting sleep disorders in individuals with ASD and ADHD 
  • develop a working knowledge of sleep disorders that may be encountered in psychiatric practice (with particular focus on individuals with ASD and ADHD) 
  • demonstrate a broad understanding of how sleep disorders are investigated and treated in children, adolescents and adults with ASD and ADHD 

The full paper is available free of charge online.  

The Research Network is now expanding after Dr Jane E Blackwell presented her research at an international videoconference (The British Paediatric Sleep Society VC). This has led to six more Sleep Centres being interested in joining the Research Network and pursuing future collaborations.  

The Child and Adolescent Sleep Research Network is a White Rose Collaboration Fund project   

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