Nicole Halliwell, Beth DeGrace, Mara Podvey, Lorraine Sylvester, Julie Smith, Katelyn Harris; Experience of Sleep: Families of Young Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Am J Occup Ther 2020;74(4_Supplement_1):7411505094. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S1-PO1208
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Date Presented 03/26/20
Sleep is a vital occupation supporting health and well-being for all persons across the life span. This study examined the experience of sleep for families of young adult children with ASD through a qualitative phenomenological approach. Results revealed that family life revolves around the needs of the young adult child with autism. While the pervasive influence of autism on everyday family life has been established, this study was the first to unveil persistence during the occupation of sleep.
Primary Author and Speaker: Nicole Halliwell
Additional Authors and Speakers: Beth DeGrace
Contributing Authors: Mara Podvey, Lorraine Sylvester, Julie Smith, Katelyn Harris
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