The World Sleep Congress, 7th - 11th October 2017, was a joint congress of the World Association of Sleep Medicine and the World Sleep Federation and was held in the Czech Republic at the Prague Congress Centre. The congress brought together 16 keynote speakers and over 1000 delegates from a wide range of disciplines including researchers, technologists, practitioners, educators, health promoters, medical and dentistry professionals.
The conference was an international forum addressing sleep problems in developmental disorders, future developments for international sleep research, assistive technology, sleep intervention compliance tracking devices and their applications, up to date clinical and basic research techniques. With an overall objective of supporting and advancing sleep science, education, technology, health and sleep medicine worldwide, the conference proceedings relating to sleep problems experienced by individuals with Autism and Intellectual Disability, Assistive Technology and Clinical Practice are central to Dr Kirkpatrick’s research. As such, the World Sleep Congress 2017 was an ideal platform to disseminate the results from a study conducted as part of Dr Kirkpatrick’s ASSISTID research fellowship. Dr Kirkpatrick presented a paper on Parent’s perspective of the familial impact of living with a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder who experience insomnia.