Studies to Understand Medical Issues Associated with Autism
Iron and Sleep
Insomnia and other sleep problems occur in approximately 50-80% of children with ASD. Insomnia may lead to behavior problems during the day for the child and create stress for families. One factor that may contribute to insomnia in children with ASD is a low iron store, as manifest by low serum ferritin levels.
This two-part study starts with a personalized sleep education for the family. In the second portion of the study, children will be randomized to receive oral iron supplementation or placebo for a period of 12 weeks. The study is supported by funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to the Autism Treatment Network.
Children between 2-10.11 years with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and where there exists a concern about their sleep habits. Other criteria may apply.
Involves 7-8 sessions at URMC, which include up to 2 blood draws
1:1 parent education sessions with sleep educator
Participants will be required to wear a wrist watch to bed
Eligible participants are randomized (like flipping a coin) to either the iron supplement or placebo group.
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