Participants needed for study of sleep and executive function in autism

My name is Rebecca Cosentino and I am currently conducting a study for my honours in psychology with Associate Professor Amanda Richdale (supervisor) from the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, La Trobe University.

The research project aims at determining the relationship between sleep, behaviour and executive function in children with high functioning autism, and whether sleep loss/problems impact on executive function.

I am seeking parents who have children aged between 5-9 years of age, who are either typically developing or have been diagnosed with high functioning autism (that is no intellectual disability; an IQ of 70 or above).

Participants (parents) will be asked to complete up to 5 questionnaires related to their child’s sleep, behaviour and executive function. A total time of testing is expected to be up to 40 minutes.

This study has university human ethics approval and Catholic Eduction Office approval.

To find out more information, please feel free to contact me on 0423 737 282 or via email:


Hello. My name's Jon Brock. I'm a Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the ARC Centre for Cognition and its Disorders and the Departments of Cognitive Science and Psychology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. My research focuses on cognitive and neural mechanisms involved in developmental disorders including autism, Williams syndrome, and Down syndrome. Publications can be downloaded here. My CV (pdf) can be downloaded here. As well as this blog, I've also written for the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative, the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism, and The Conversation. Translations of some of my posts can be found on the Spanish-language website Autismo Diario. This blog is for interest only and should not be seen as a substitute for professional advice. Opinions expressed are my own (at the time of writing).

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