For many autistic children, getting a good night’s rest can be a real challenge. Sleep difficulties can include taking hours to get to sleep, frequent nighttime wake ups, inability to stay asleep, very early mornings, and more. When your child is not sleeping well, you can see that they struggle to stay focused and may

in Sleep Solutions by Melissa Doman, BA, CSSC

A look at how addressing your child’s sensory needs could help him/her get a better night’s sleep. In the special needs community, I know sleep is a very important topic. Many parents are aware their kids are desperate for more sleep, but they just can’t seem to get these precious hours. For children with autism,

in Sensory Solutions by Melissa Doman, BA, CSSC

It comes as no surprise to the parents and professionals reading this article that many children with autism have sleep issues. At least 50 percent, and as many as 80 percent, of children on the spectrum struggle to sleep well (autismspeaks.org). To have these struggles on top of developmental issues can be wearing on any

in Sleep Solutions by Melissa Doman, BA, CSSC