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 duration were positively correlated with autism symptoms and autism severity
- sleep onset delay was the strongest predictor of communication deficit, stereotyped behavior, and autism severity
Reference: Megan E. Tudor, Charles D. Hoffman, and Dwight P. Sweeney. Children With Autism: Sleep Problems and Symptom Severity. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities December 2012 27: 254-262, first published on September 27, 2012 doi:10.1177/1088357612457989
This printed book is an easy-to-read manual to help people with sensory processing difficulties, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, achieve an overall healthy sleep experience.
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