- from 30 months to 11 years old children with autism sleep 17-43 minutes less than their peers
- no significant difference was found in sleep patterns from 6-30 months of age
- the reduction in sleep was due to changes at night not changes during daytime sleep patterns
- night time sleep duration was shorter due to later bedtimes and earlier wake times
- frequent waking > 3x/night was seen in children with autism older than 30 months of age
- age-specific decreases of > 1SD within individuals in sleep duration across adjacent time points was a predictor of ASD between 18 months and 30 months of age and from 30 months to 42 months.
Reference: Sleep patterns in children with autistic spectrum disorders: a prospective cohort study Joanna S Humphreys, Paul Gringras, Peter S Blair, Nicola Scott, John Henderson, Peter J Fleming, Alan M Emond Arch Dis Child archdischild-2013-304083Published Online First: 23 September 2013 doi:10.1136/archdischild-2013-304083
By: Ileana S. McCaigue OTR/L, IMC
Pages: 150 pages Wire-O bound with a full cover
Summary: 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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