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Comparing Media use and Sleep in Boys with Autism, ADHD or Typical Development

Pediatrics published research comparing questionnaire results on media use (television, computer, and video games) and sleep among 49 boys with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) compared with 38 boys with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or 41 boys with typical development (TD). The results indicated the following: 1. bedroom media access was associated with less time spent sleeping […]

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Early Predictors of Autism – Self Regulation and Sleep Patterns

The Journal of Early Intervention published research on identifying early predictors prior to a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) at 4 years of age. Data was analyzed on 100 children comparing children with ASD to children with other disabilities and children who were typically developing. The results indicated the following: 1. limited unique characteristics […]

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Want to Improve Motor Learning? Go to Sleep.

  Researchers from the University of Montreal taught a group of subjects a new sequence of piano-type finger movements on a box.  Using functional MRIs, the subject’s brains were analyzed during their performance of the task before and after a period of sleep. In addition, the same test was performed by a control group at the […]

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Effects of Weighted Blanked on Sleep Problems in Children with Autism

Pediatrics published research on a randomized phase III trial determining the effectiveness of a weighted-blanket intervention in treating severe sleep problems in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Sixty seven children were randomized into a weighted blanket group or a control group (regular blanket). The blankets were introduced at bedtime and used for a two […]

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Lack of Sleep Increases Obesity and Body Fat in Children

Pediatrics has published a large study linking reduced sleep and childhood obesity.  The children who consistently received less than the recommended hours of sleep during infancy and early childhood had increases in both obesity and in adiposity or overall body fat at age 7. Insufficient sleep was defined as less than 12 hours per day from […]

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Sleep Patterns in Children with Autism

The Archives of Disease in Childhood published research on longitudinal sleep patterns in 73 children with autism.  Parental reports of sleep duration were collected 8 times from 6 months to 11 years old.  The results indicated the following: from 30 months to 11 years old children with autism sleep 17-43 minutes less than their peers […]

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Sleep and Children with Autism

Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities published research on the sleep problems and symptom severity in children with autism.  Using mother’s reports, 109 children with autism (without any co-morbid diagnoses) were studied.  The following results were reported: positive correlation between the severity of sleep problems and the severity of autism symptoms  sleep onset delay and sleep […]

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24 Hour Positioning

School based therapists are frequently involved in monitoring sitting and standing postures in order for students to access the educational curriculum without compromising range of motion.  It is the pediatric therapists job to ensure that deformities are avoided through proper positioning.  Obviously, this can be monitored and followed during the school day.  But what happens […]

Presleep Activities and Time of Sleep Onset

Pediatrics published research on a survey completed by 2017 children ages 5-18 regarding activities reported during the 90 minutes before sleep time.  The results indicated that television watching was the most commonly reported activity before sleep time.  The participants who had a greater engagement in screen time  had a later sleep onset.  Participants who reported […]