Better Nights, Better Days for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorder (BNBD-NDD)

An Online Behavioural Treatment for Pediatric Sleep Issues in Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Up to 90% of Canadian children with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD) experience insomnia symptoms including trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, and/or waking too early. Insomnia leads to poor sleep quality and quantity, as well as increased challenges with academic, emotional, social, and physical functioning, and can contribute to increased symptom presentation in children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Evidence supports the effectiveness of behavioural treatments for insomnia. However, these interventions are not often available to families of children with NDDs. This is why Dr. Penny Corkum (Dalhousie University; IWK Health Centre), Dr. Shelly Weiss (University of Toronto; SickKids), and their colleagues at institutions across Canada have created an online sleep intervention program, Better Nights, Better Days for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders (BNBD-NDD).

Funded by the Kids Brain Health Network, BNBD-NDD is an evidence-based, transdiagnostic online program for parents with children ages 4-10 years old with Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) that experience insomnia.

As families prepare to begin to prepare their child for the new school year, a good night’s sleep is especially important. The BNBD-NDD program can help parents help their children to sleep better so that they can achieve the best academic outcomes.

Dr. Corkum, Dr. Weiss, and the BNBD-NDD research team are currently recruiting 320 families of children with ADHD, ASD, CP and/or FASD from across Canada to participate in their research study to evaluate the effectiveness of BNBD-NDD. Interested families can enter the online study database to begin eligibility assessment at the following link:

Members of the research team will also be conducting a free Facebook Live public webinar series on sleep in children with NDDs as families prepare to head back to school on the BNBD-NDD Facebook page:

For questions about this research please contact:

Sydney Dale-McGrath, MA

Project Manager, Dalhousie University

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