Episode 23: Sleep in special needs children

Children with severe developmental disabilities or autism often have difficulty with sleep which can not only impact on their sleep, but affect the whole family. These disorders are common, with autism affecting around 2% of the population. To understand why this occurs and what can be done we talk to Assoc Prof Margot Davey from Monash Childrens’ sleep Centre and Assoc Prof Amanda Richdale from La Trobe University.

Dr Moira Junge (Health Psychologist) and Dr David Cunnington (Sleep Physician) host the monthly podcast, Sleep Talk, talking all things sleep.

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Audio Timeline:

  • 00:00 –  01:35 Introduction
  • 01:35 – 05:35 What’s news in sleep?
    • Dr Michel Jouvet
    • Daylight Saving Time
    • World Sleep Congress 2017
    • Upcoming conferences
  • 05:35 – 38:55 Theme – Sleep in Special Needs Children
    • 05:35 – 07:41 Background – Sleep in Special Needs Children
    • 07:41 – 21:07 Assoc Prof Margot Davey – Sleep in Children With Severe Developmental Disabilities
    • 21:07 – 33:45 Assoc Prof Amanda Richdale – Sleep in Autism
    • 33:45 – 37:52 Strategies for parents of special needs children to manage their sleep
    • 37:52 – 38:55 More information on Sleep in Special Needs Children
  • 38:55 – 40:00 Clinical tip: The key to children sleeping well is parents sleeping well
  • 40:00 – 43:10 Pick of the month:
    • 40:00 – 41:37 Moira – Nobel Prize for circadian rhythm research
    • 41:37 – 43:10 David – The Paradox of Sleep – Book by Dr Michel Jouvet
  • 43:10 – 45:37 What’s coming up in sleep?

Next episode: November – Sleep Economics 

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Presenters:

Guest interviews:

Margot DaveyAssoc Prof Margot Davey is Director of the Melbourne Children’s Sleep Centre, Monash Medical Centre. This is the only dedicated paediatric sleep unit in Victoria and Tasmania. It sees over 1000 children each year. Margot is also an adjunct senior lecturer in the Ritchie Centre, Monash Institute of Medical Research, Monash University.  Her clinical practice is paediatric sleep medicine, and she works in public and private settings (Epworth Sleep Centre). Since 2006, Margot has been a chief investigator on four successful National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants and an associate investigator on a fifth. She has numerous peer-reviewed publications.

 

Amanda RichdaleAssoc Professor Amanda Richdale is a founding staff member at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre (OTARC). Amanda’s research interests include autism spectrum disorder, specific learning difficulties and developmental disorders, and paediatric sleep. Amanda was Chair of the former Autism Victoria Professional Panel and was co-founder of the Autism Victoria (now AMAZE) Autism Spectrum Disorder Reseach Group (2003) and the Australasian Autism Research Alliance (2005). Amanda is currently Deputy Chair of the EPIC Early Intervention Centre‘s Committee of Management and a committe member of the APS Interest Group Psychology of Intellectual Disability and Autism. Amanda is a project leader in the Autism Cooperative Research Centre.

 

Regular hosts:

Dr Moira JungeDr Moira Junge is a health psychologist working in the sleep field, who has considerable experience working with people with sleeping difficulties in a multidisciplinary practice using a team-based approach. Moira has consulted at Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre since 2008, and is actively involved with the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA). She has presented numerous workshops for psychologists wanting to learn more about sleep disorders, and is involved with Monash University with teaching and supervision commitments, as well as clinical involvement with the Monash University Healthy Sleep Clinic. She is one of the clinic directors at Yarraville Health Group which was established in 1998. In addition to her expertise in sleep disorders, her other areas of interest and expertise include smoking cessation, psychological adjustment to chronic illness, and grief and loss issues.

Dr David CunningtonDr David Cunnington is a sleep physician and director of Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre, and co-founder and contributor to SleepHub. David trained in sleep medicine both in Australia and in the United States, at Harvard Medical School, and is certified as both an International Sleep Medicine Specialist and International Behavioural Sleep Medicine Specialist. David’s clinical practice covers all areas of sleep medicine and he is actively involved in training health professionals in sleep. David is a regular media commentator on sleep, both in traditional media and social media, and blogs for the Huffington Post on sleep. David’s recent research has been in the area of non-drug, psychologically-based treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness in managing insomnia, restless legs syndrome and other sleep disorders.

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  • Juile Saldana
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    New month and new episode. Worth for waiting. Especially with topic about children who have severe developmental disabilities or autism. Thank you so much!

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