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Articles that focuses on all aspects of getting a child with autism to bed, from preparing for bedtime and advice on routines to helping a child stay in bed for the night.

Weighted Blankets for Autism: Reducing Anxiety and Providing a Good Night’s Sleep

Weighted Blankets for Autism: Reducing Anxiety and Providing a Good Night’s Sleep

Sensory processing disorders and autism Many children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) struggle with sensory issues including sensory processing disorder (SPD). Chantal Sicile-Kira, “The Autism Advocate,” describes SPD as “a neurological disorder that causes difficulties with processing information from the five senses: vision, auditory, touch, olfaction, and taste, as well as from the sense… Continue Reading

New Study Proves Melatonin Effective Sleep Aid for Children with Autism

New Study Proves Melatonin Effective Sleep Aid for Children with Autism

A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry disclosed that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who have refractory insomnia will benefit from prolonged release melatonin (PEDPRM). The trial conducted was random, placebo-controlled, and double-blind. Profiles of participants There were 125 participants in the trial aged 2 to… Continue Reading

Simple Tools to Help Your ASD Child Sleep Better Now

Simple Tools to Help Your ASD Child Sleep Better Now

Sleep problems are common in typically developing children, but can be particularly prevalent in children with Asperger’s and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). These sleep problems often appear as difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking too early. Sleep is an essential element in emotional and physical health, and disruptions in sleep can negatively affect coping… Continue Reading

Simple Ways to Help Your Child with ASD Sleep Without Medicine

Simple Ways to Help Your Child with ASD Sleep Without Medicine

Insomnia (sleeplessness) is quite common among all age groups due to lifestyle changes and associated stressors, which also leads to anxiety depression, burn-out, and stress.  Stress can cause complicated physiological changes such as increased blood pressure, heart rate, metabolic changes, or indigestion. Sleeplessness affects children with autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD),… Continue Reading

Helping Your Child with Autism Sleep: An Overview of Sleep Hygiene and Behavioral Strategies

Helping Your Child with Autism Sleep: An Overview of Sleep Hygiene and Behavioral Strategies

Sleep problems are common amongst children. For children with autism, sleep can be even more challenging. Studies show that up to 80% of children with autism have some sort of sleep difficulties. Most often it is due to difficulty falling and/or staying asleep. The goal of this article is to review sleep hygiene and discuss… Continue Reading