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    Anonymous

    A parent needs help with autistic child’s sleeping problems e.g. getting ready for bed, staying in bed, sleeping. Could teacch be used here and how best to incorporate? [|)][|)]

    #5187

    Anonymous

    melatonin is a hormone chemical in the brain it occurs natrually in the body  it tells our body its time to sleep,however with people on the spectrum we dont have enough melatonin to tell our body to sleep.melatonin is available has a medication tablet or syrup.if you are in the USA you can buy it online however I would seek a professionals advice before you buy it.It is by mo means fail safe and it can take a while to actually work.http://autismandaspergersinthefamily.freeforums.org/index.php

    #5184

    Anonymous

    Note: SFTAH transferred this from old data base when site was updated, thus date and name lost, all dates 2006 & 2007 changed during changeover to odd dates.From: KatUKInitial thoughts would be to use visual cues to help the child understand what is expected of them - eg sequence to get dressed/undressed, sequence of events leading to bed - undress, bath, toilet, story etc. Depending on the level at which the child is functioning this sequence could be in the form of objects, photos, pictures or a written list - TEACCH strategies are based on individual needs & situations so more informatuion about this child would be helpful to give better suggestions!!

    #5185

    Anonymous

    Note: SFTAH transferred this from old data base when site was updated, thus date and name lost, all dates befor 2006 data base changed during changeover to odd dates.Melatonin may help your child to get off to sleep - available on prescription.

    #5186

    Anonymous

    Note: SFTAH transferred this from old data base when site was updated, thus date and name lost, all dates 2006 & 2007 changed during changeover to odd dates.Children who insist on parents' presenceGraded withdrawal:1. Lie next to child on bed for three nights2. Lie on mattress next to bed for three nights3. Move mattress closer to door every three nights4. Sit on chair in bedroom at door with door open for three nights5. Sit outside door whilst still visible to child for three nights6. Sit outside door not visible to child for three nights7. Sit outside room with door closed for three nights.Social stories could also be used to reassure your child that they are safe when sleeping or in bed alone. Please see the 'Useful fact sheets' section for further details. For night wakingScheduled awakening: 1. From sleep diary, see when child wakes up during the night2. Set alarm clock for 30 minutes before this3. Wake child and allow to fall back to sleep4. If child doesn't fall back to sleep try waking 45 minutes before on the next night and experiment until you find the best time.To ensure your child is sleepy at bed timeRestricting sleep: 1. From sleep diary, see average hours of sleep per night2. Calculate 90% of this and make this the new sleeping time (delay bedtime and/or waking time); never restrict below five hours3. If lying awake, occupy in another room until sleepy4. Avoid naps in day/oversleeping at weekend5. After a week, move settling/waking time by 15 minutes - continue until desired pattern of sleep occurs.SummaryNone of these suggestions can be guaranteed to work in themselves. You may find that a combination of them proves most effective. Close examination of your child's sleep diaries is likely to give you the greatest insight into what is causing your child's problems and which solution is most likely to work. When implementing these strategies it may be that the problem gets worse before it gets better. However, it is important to remain consistent in your approach. Rewarding and praise following a better night's sleep will help to positively reinforce it.Getting some sleep yourselfIt is not unusual for professionals to suggest that you sleep when your child sleeps. Anyone who has actually been in the position of caring for a child with a sleep disorder knows how difficult this is. We cannot just switch our bodies on and off like a light bulb. By the time you have eventually calmed your child down enough for them to sleep you may be far too wound up to sleep yourself. Your child may not choose to sleep at times which are convenient to you and if there are other children in the family they may need your attention when your child with autism is asleep. It is important to be assertive about your need to sleep. Sleep deprivation can be extremely dangerous (for example, falling asleep at the wheel causes 20% of all fatal road traffic accidents) and can have a very negative impact on your overall health and mental well-being. So getting a proper night's sleep is hugely important, but this may be easier said than done.Safety-proofingMaking your child's room safe can be one of the easiest ways to improve your own sleep. If you can fall asleep knowing that even if your child wakes up they cannot do any harm, you are already improving your chances of not being disturbed. shell

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