The Measuring Sleep Problems Study focus group will help gather information from caregivers and parents about children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who have a current or past history of sleep problems.

Researchers will use information gathered during this study to develop a new measure for sleep problems in children with autism. Each focus group will last 75 to 90 minutes. The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development is funding this research.

Who can participate?

You may be eligible to participate in the focus group if your child:

  • Has been diagnosed with autism.
  • Is between 3 and12 years old
  • Has a current or past history of sleep-related problems.
  • Is free of a significant health problem and on stable medication.

What will I be asked to do?

As part of the study’s focus group, you will come to Marcus Autism Center for one meeting. All focus group sessions will be audio-recorded and transcribed. Parents and caregivers will introduce themselves (first names only), state their child’s age and sex, and fill out a few forms. Then, the group will engage in a brief discussion of bedtime behaviors and sleep disturbances in children with ASD. Parents and caregivers will be asked to reflect on their personal sleep history and describe their child’s sleep disturbances, as well as the impact of sleep disturbances on their child and their family.

What are the benefits of participating?

Caregivers and parents will receive lunch during the focus group and a $25 gift card directly after the focus group discussion.

Principal investigator:

Lawrence Scahill, MSN, PhD

Sign up now

Contact Sydney Lott, Study Coordinator, at or 404-785-9345, and say you’re interested in participating in the Measuring Sleep Problems Study focus group.