Trouble Going to Sleep

A Quick Tip on Going to Sleep

First off, when dealing with sleep issues, making a “mental note” to yourself. Quickly remind yourself that you are NOT the only one who has to deal with this on a regular basis. It happens to a lot of typical children too, and almost every family with a child on the spectrum has sleep issues constantly. If you make this mental note, you will surprisingly be more accepting to the fact, and more calm during the process. It’s almost mind over matter to some extent.

Some quick tip Advice that will help with bedtime routine:

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  • Do a calming activity about 1 hour before bed time. Here are a couple examples: deep pressure, rolling on a ball, rolling a ball over your child while laying on the floor, heavy work:(pushing furniture around, pushing a box with toys, carrying a heavy backpack(fill it with books, blocks, a bag of beans)), picking up toys, pushing an exercise ball up the stairs, and use ankle/wrist weights.
  • Turn off over stimulating electronic devices such as tv, PC, tablet, iPads, smartphones, etc.
  • If your child has trouble falling asleep or wakes up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep ask your doctor about sleep aids for the child. There are herbal, homeopathic and chemical options available. Make sure you talk to your doctor before giving your child any kind of medication!
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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..