Dealing with Night Waking

Dealing with Night Waking is very typical for children on the Autism Spectrum.

Some advice to keep in mind, in case your child is up in the night.

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  • Do not engage in any kind of activity with the child if he/she wakes up in the middle of the night and doesn’t go back to sleep.
  • Do not engage in any kind of stimulating activities, e.g. watching TV, playing on any kind of electronic device.
  • Try calming activities.
  • If the child doesn’t go back to sleep make sure he/she is in a safe environment where he/she can’t get hurt.
  • LAST DITCH EFFORT: if nothing seems to work and you’re at your wits end use a tv or electronic device to keep your child busy and out of trouble. Try without them first but if nothing works and the tv or electronic device keeps your child calm, quiet and in one spot, go ahead and do it!


Autism Support Now is a Parent advisory blog and media site presented by "Ella's Hope for Autism" a 501c3 public charity in Missouri. This site is built for parents dealing with Autism . . . by parents dealing with Autism. Hope and Sam McPheeters (founders of Ella's Hope) have two children on the spectrum, and strive to provide continued advice for other parents, who are dealing with the same issues..