Welcome to Behaviorbabe
Ethical Advocate for Accurate Application & Dissemination of Behavior Analysis

Welcome to Behaviorbabe

Ethical Advocate for Accurate Application & Dissemination of Behavior Analysis

Behavior Analysis and the Treatment of Sleep Interfering Behaviors

Behavior analysis and the scientific principles can be systematically applied to treat sleep interfering behaviors. Through conducting a functional analysis, clinicians can identify barriers to sleep efficiency. This is a developing page, which will include more information as it becomes available.

In this episode, Dr. McLay joins Dr. Kelly to discuss improving sleep behaviors (for your children and yourself). Dr. McLay shares information about the sleep study research her and her colleagues at the University of Canterbury are conducting with children and adolescents with autism and rare genetic disorders. In this episode, Dr. McLay shares three key areas for assessing and improving sleep: sleep-wake cycle, sleep efficiency/hygiene, and consequences for “curtain calls” or middle of the night awakenings. Dr. McLay speaks specifically to sleep disruptions during COVID19 and how parents can help their children (and themselves). To learn more, visit www.behaviorbabe.com. For anyone who wishes to reach out to Dr. McLay directly, she can be contacted at Laurie.mclay@canterbury.ac.nz.

Related Literature - Scientific Publications

McLay L., Sutherland D., Machalicek W. and Sigafoos J. (2020) Systematic Review of Telehealth Interventions for the Treatment of Sleep Problems in Children and Adolescents. Journal of Behavioral Education http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10864-020-09364-8.

Waddington H., McLay L., Woods L. and Whitehouse AJO. (2020) Child and Family Characteristics Associated with Sleep Disturbance in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-020-04475-7.

Carnett A., Hansen S., McLay L., Neely L. and Lang R. (2019) Quantitative-Analysis of Behavioral Interventions to Treat Sleep Problems in Children with Autism. Developmental Neurorehabilitation : 1-14. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17518423.2019.1646340.

McLay L., Roche L., France KG., Blampied NM., Lang R., France M. and Busch C. (2019) Systematic review of the effectiveness of behaviorally-based interventions for sleep problems in people with rare genetic neurodevelopmental disorders. Sleep Medicine Reviews 46: 54-63. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.smrv.2019.04.004.

McLay LK., France KG., Knight J., Blampied NM. and Hastie B. (2019) The effectiveness of function-based interventions to treat sleep problems, including unwanted co-sleeping, in children with autism. Behavioral Interventions 34(1): 30-51. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/bin.1651.