Sleep, or lack of, is an issue most new parent’s face. We were no exception. Only our daughter, unknown to us at the time, had an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. We spent many hours walking up and down our hallway in the middle of the night trying to get our beautiful new daughter to sleep; nothing worked. We sought help, standard sleep management techniques did not work. Sleep deprivation continued.
Now as Head of Research for Cerebra I’m pleased to support research into sleep disorders. We know sleep disorders are common, different in nature and problematic for children and families living with autism, intellectual disability, Angleman or Smith-Magenis syndromes. Cerebra funded research will help everyone understand why these problems occur and what can be done to help.
19 years on we are walking up Pen Y Fan at night to replicate our early night walking experience and to raise awareness of, and money for, this important sleep research.
Research into Sleep Disorders is being carried out by The Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders at Birmingham University.
Tracy, Mair and Geoff Elliott