Sleep difficulties and anxiety commonly occur in children and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and they can negatively affect children's learning and behaviour and have a negative impact on family wellbeing. In adults these conditions impact on their everyday functioning in the community and work place. In our research projects we aim to develop a better understanding of these conditions, which ultimately will contribute to the development of better treatment methods both in Australia and in other cultures.
- Exploration of the nature and development of clinical anxiety in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Researchers: Lisa Coloca, Amanda Richdale & Mirko Uljarević
- Exploring the presentation and experience of anxiety in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in their transition from high school to adulthood: A qualitative study.
Researchers: Andrew Halim, Amanda Richdale & Mirko Uljarević
- Does circadian rhythm disturbance explain insomnia in adults with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Researchers: Emma Baker, Amanda Richdale & Agnes Hazi (School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University)