Many children with autism struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep throughout the night. Here is a video with tips on helping your child with sleep.
**THIS VIDEO WAS ORIGINALLY RECORDED FOR HARKLA Blog**
Sleep and Autism- Cara discusses the issue of sleep and how to help your child sleep better.
2:18 Poor sleep impairs our physical and psychological well being.
2:34 Sensory system issues affect sleep.
3:50 Transitioning to sleep from a busy day is difficult.
4:31 Start a sleep routine about an hour before bed.
5:00 Visual schedules are helpful (PECS).
6:40 Take pictures of your child doing bedtime routine activities.
7:30 Do2Learn.com has pre-made visuals.
8:00 Set the example for your child by having a bedtime routine.
9:00 Help your child relax with calming techniques.
10:00 Weighted blankets can help your child relax.
10:50 Linear swinging and rocking can be relaxing.
12:10 Talk to your child’s doctor about melatonin.
13:40 Check out our article on Sleep and Melatonin here.
15:50 Light from video games cause wakefulness.
17:20 Choose colors, scents, and sounds that are calming.
20:00 Spa-like environment for your child.
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