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How to Get Children with Autism to Sleep

Negative consequences from poor sleep in children with autism and how to get children with autism to sleep. Tips from Your Therapy Source

Did you know that almost one half of 2- to 5-year-old children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or a neurodevelopmental disorder (NDD) with some autistic features have significant sleep difficulties?  Parent survey results suggest that number to be much higher (more than 80%) for children with autism!  Here are tips on how to get children […]

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One Simple Tip to Improve Inhibitory Control in ADHD

Inhibitory control allows children to control their impulses and responses to stimuli. Here is one simple tip to improve inhibition in children with ADHD.

Do you work with or parent a child with ADHD?  Inhibitory control allows children to control their impulses and responses to stimuli.  Inhibition is part of executive function skills and it can be difficult for children with ADHD.  It is actually a primary cognitive deficit in ADHD. A recent study indicated that changing sleep patterns can […]

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Bedtime Yoga Sequence – Free Printable

Sleep plays such an important role during the childhood development years.  It can affect mood, motor learning, sensory processing, weight gain and more.  When parents provide a predictable sleep routine each night, children can get the 9-12 hours of recommended sleep per night (depending on age) for overall health.  This bedtime yoga sequence can help […]

How to Help Children Sleep

With the start of school, it is crucial that children get back into a regular sleep routine.  Here are a few suggestions on how to help children sleep.  Children can focus and learn better after a good night sleep.  One of the easiest ways to accomplish a regular sleep schedule is to follow a daily routine.  […]

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Sleep, Bedtime Routines, Anxiety, and Autism

Sleep, Bedtime Routines, Anxiety, and Autism The association between sleep, bedtime routines, anxiety, and Autism Spectrum Disorder in children is an important quality of life issue although there is a limited amount of research regarding this topic.  Bedtime routines are a component of sleep hygiene defined as ‘a set of observable, repetitive behaviors which directly involve the child […]

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Aquatic Exercise and Sleep in Children with Autism

The Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities published research on whether participation in an aquatic exercise program improved the sleep in 8 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Using an A-B-A withdrawal design for 4 weeks of each phase, the children participated in 60 min of aquatic exercise 2X/week. Data was collected via phone […]

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Exercise and Sleep Tips for Children

Combining exercise and sleep can be a tricky balance.  Getting proper sleep for yourself or your children can be very challenging in this fast paced world.  We want ourselves and our children to exercise but all parents want their children to sleep too! For children some of the best suggestions are: Limit vigorous physical activity […]

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5 Interoceptive Sensory Strategies to Induce Sleep

The interoceptive sense perceives the physiological condition of the internal body.  It includes pain, temperature, itch, affectionate touch, sensations from our organs and muscles, hunger, thirst, and air hunger.   It also includes “gut” feelings such as calmness, comfort, contentment, happiness, safety, security and warmth.  The exteroceptive sense perceives external stimulus outside of the body such […]

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Sleep and Children with Cerebral Palsy

CanChild has published another excellent resource which is entitled Keeping Current In Sleep Issues Among Children with Cerebral Palsy. Here are some highlights: Studies show that rates of sleep disturbances in children with cerebral palsy are actually quite similar to the general population and affect about one third of children. Certain aspects of CP are […]

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Sensory Over-Responsivity, Autism and Sleep

Sleep Medicine published research on a large well-characterized sample of 1347 children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) examining the relationship between sleep problems, sensory over-responsivity, and anxiety.  Statistical analysis was completed using the  Children’s Sleep Habits Questionnaire, Child Behavior Checklist, and Short Sensory Profile. The following results were recorded: anxiety was associated with all types […]