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Welcome to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Sleep in Autism Website!  

We are a team dedicated to understanding more about children, adolescents, and young adults on the spectrum.  Please take a look at our current and future projects, learn more about our research team, and read past and present peer reviewed publications, presentations, and books.  


April 26, 2018:

Initiative for young adults with autism adds disance learning.

The initiative aims to improve the lives of young adults with autism spectrum disorders who often end up socially isolated once they leave high school. "If we could simulate through a distance learning program what we are doing with the immersion week, we could reach more participants throughout Tennessee and neighboring states," said Beth Malow, MD, MS, Burry Professor of Cognitive Childhood Development, professor of Neurology and Pediatrics and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Investigator.

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December 29, 2017: 

We have added a coaching-only component to make the program more accessible to adults with autism who are working, going to school, or unable to attend the 5-day program:

Spectrum Pathways is an exciting program focused on helping adults on the autism spectrum identify and attain their goals. All participants receive instruction on the process for setting and attaining their own goals. This instruction is followed by three months of weekly telecoaching. During coaching calls, participants are able to describe their goal progress or challenges and discuss set-backs, obstacles and frustrations, while learning problem-solving skills.

April 1, 2017:

P.I. Dr. Beth A. Malow and Ph.D. T A McDonald, along with research colleagues, educate Vanderbilt University student peers on how to actively listen, coach, engage, empower, empathize, encourage, and support each other and adults on the spectrum.  



Malow co-authors "Solving Sleep Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: a guide for frazzled families."

malow book

Research Team Volunteers at the Autism Speaks Walk in Centennial Park (2015)

autism speaks walk 2015

Strategies to Improve Sleep in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

sleep book