Sleep intervention for adults with autism spectrum condition
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Sleep intervention for adults with autism spectrum condition

Haddy Quist Team leader, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Eddie Chaplin Research and strategy lead at the Estia Centre, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Oliver Hendey Assistant psychologist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Haddy Quist and colleagues describe how psychoeducational group sessions helped service users in an inpatient unit achieve healthier sleeping and better daytime experiences

Aim The aim of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a psychoeducation sleep-hygiene group intervention for adults diagnosed with autism spectrum condition (ASC), without concurrent learning disability.

Method Fourteen male participants aged between 20 and 55 years attended a sleep group comprising six weekly, one-hour sessions. Baseline and outcome measures, using the Pittsburgh Insomnia Rating Scale 20 (PIRS 20) (Moul et al 2002), were used to assess significant sleep improvements and data were collated from a number of groups run from 2011-2013.

Results The group demonstrated beneficial self-reported outcomes for patients using the PIRS 20 assessment (Moul et al 2002), specifically in terms of the negative effect of poor sleep.

Conclusion People with ASC, without concurrent learning disability, can benefit from psychoeducation group intervention to reduce some of the negative effects of sleep difficulty.

Mental Health Practice. 18, 10, 14-18. doi: 10.7748/mhp.18.10.14.e937


Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 03 October 2013

Accepted: 11 June 2014

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