A brief clinician training program to manage sleep problems in ADHD: what works and what do clinicians and parents think?

Emma Sciberras, Melissa Mulraney, Nicole Hayes, Nicole Rinehart, Tibor Schuster, Shalika B. Mudiyanselage, Harriet Hiscock

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Objective/Background: Brief behavioural sleep interventions have been shown to be effective in treating sleep problems in children with ADHD. Little research, however, has focused on the translational aspects of these programs from the consumer perspective. This study aimed to explore clinician and parent views of a brief training program in managing sleep problems in children with ADHD. Participants: Fifty-nine community-based clinicians (32 paediatricians, 27 psychologists) were trained to deliver a brief behavioural sleep intervention as part of the Sleeping Sound with ADHD translational trial; 183 families were allocated to receive the sleep intervention and 115 provided follow-up data. Methods: Clinicians reported on competency, confidence and perceived barriers pre- and post-training. Parents reported on usefulness of the program and frequency of sleep strategy use at 3 months post-randomisation. Parent-report of severity of the child sleep problem was also measured at 3 and 6 months post-randomisation. Results: Clinicians’ feelings of competency and confidence in managing sleep difficulties increased from pre-to post-training, while perceptions of barriers decreased. Parent-reported usefulness of the program and frequency of sleep use varied by program domain and sleep strategy. Increased parent-reported use of sleep strategies was associated with improved sleep at 3 and 6 months post-randomisation. Conclusions: A brief sleep training program leads to improvements in clinician confidence and competence in managing sleep problems in children with ADHD and positive parent perspectives. The findings highlight the potential for the Sleeping Sound with ADHD program to be optimized to better help parents in their implementation of sleep strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-192
Number of pages8
JournalSleep Medicine
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Clinician
  • Parent
  • Sleep problems
  • Treatment

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