Sleep and behaviour in children in with Autism


Many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have sleep disturbances and problem behaviors, such as aggression. Sleep disturbances may cause irritability or mood concerns that could contribute to problem behaviours. The purpose of this research study is to learn more about the relationships between sleep patterns, Autism symptoms, and problem behaviors in children with ASD. We would like to learn about this through parent questionnaires about behavior and a wrist device that measures sleep and activity level.

Parents will fill out questionnaires about their child online. Children will be asked to wear a device on their wrist that measures their sleep and activity level and parents will complete a 7 day sleep diary at the same time. The devices and diary will be sent in the mail.


Currently recruiting participants: Yes

Eligible gender: Male, Female, Transgender, Other

Eligible ages: 6 to 12

Inclusion criteria:

Children age 6-12 years old who:
- have a previous diagnosis from a physician or psychologist of Autism Spectrum Disorder
- do not have a neurologic condition (such as epilepsy or brain injury), a chronic medical disease (such as genetic syndrome, cancer), or significant mental health condition (such as schizophrenia).


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If you are interested or would like more information please contact Kara Murias at or call 403-441-8411 and leave a message.

Principal investigator:

Kara Murias

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