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Translational Medicine & Physiology and Sleep and Performance Research Center seminar presented by Dr. Annette Estes
September 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Department of Translational Medicine & Physiology and Sleep and Performance Research Center welcomes Dr. Annette Estes, Director of the University of Washington Autism Center and Research Professor in the Speech and Hearing Sciences and Psychology Departments at the University of Washington. Dr. Estes will be providing her seminar, “Characterizing the course of sleep problems in Autism Spectrum Disorder during childhood”, Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at 12:00 p.m., in SAC 345 and via Zoom.
Dr. Estes is a licensed psychologist in the State of Washington. She has conducted intervention studies for very young children with early signs of autism and is especially interested in the role of the family in supporting positive outcomes for children with disabilities. Dr. Estes leads the behavioral assessment core for a national network of researchers studying the brain and behavioral development of infants at risk for autism.
Sleep is a common concern for parents of young children, but sleep poses an even greater challenge for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Parental reports of sleep among infant siblings of children with ASD, who have a higher likelihood of developing the condition themselves, might provide clues about which children will later develop ASD. Sleep problems could also be associated with worsening behavioral trajectories in children. Whether these sleep problems predict the developmental course in ASD remains unclear, and to resolve this requires moving from parental reports to more objective measures of sleep.