You may be eligible to receive treatment through the nationwide Autism and Sleep Study, being conducted through the University of Canterbury

Our research is investigating (a) the effectiveness of treatments for sleep disturbance for children with (or features of) autism, and (b) the impact of successful treatment on parent and child well-being. Our research team is led by Dr Laurie McLay and Associate Professor Karyn France. Sleep treatments can include a range of strategies, including both non-traditional approaches (such as white noise) and behavioural interventions. Treatments options will be outlined for you, and the final decision will be yours. If the approach is unsuccessful, alternative treatment options will be offered. The research will be conducted in the family home or at a University clinic, and will be implemented by parents, with support and guidance through skype and phone calls from the researchers

If you or somebody you know might be interested in participating in this study and you would like further information, please contact:

Dr Laurie McLay

School of Health Sciences, University Of Canterbury

Phone: (03) 369 3522



Dr Laurie McLay is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Canterbury, and is the coordinator of the Post-graduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching. Information about this programme is available here:

The Ministry of Education will soon release its study awards for those who are wishing to apply to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching in 2018. These awards provide students with a variety of entitlements in order to support their study. More information about these awards is available here: