Why are sleep disorders more common in individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), and how can parents recognize the signs and symptoms?
Which treatments are most effective, how easy are they to implement and how successful can they be?
Full of helpful information and practical advice, this comprehensive guide introduces the most common sleep issues in children with ASDs, describing both mainstream and complementary options for treatment, what is involved and the outcomes that can be expected. The author describes common underlying conditions that might lead to sleep difficulties, including genetic conditions, diet and physical factors, explaining how parents can identify these. Various issues that can affect sleep are explored, including night terrors, teeth grinding, bedwetting and sleepwalking, and practical solutions are given.
This is essential reading for parents of children and teenagers on the autism spectrum who have difficulties associated with sleeping, and will also be of great help to all individuals with ASDs who experience sleep problems.
"Filled with practical knowledge and comprehensive in its coverage, this book addresses an important and little discussed topic and will be of value to parents and practitioners alike."--Fred R Volkmar, MD, Director, Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine and Editor in Chief, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
"This book is absolutely packed with useful current information that reflects research into sleep disorders. Although it is an excellent resource for professionals, the flow charts are well-designed and represent good practice to keep the focus for parents. The rating system for different interventions is particularly good. This will definitely become a resource frequently employed in Scottish Autism's sleep counseling services."--Alan Somerville, Chief Executive, Scottish Autism
"Aitken's book does a fantastic job of systematically describing the background to sleep problems in ASD, what they are and what can be done about them, building on his extensive clinical experience and encyclopaedic and up-to-date knowledge of the medical and scientific literature. The book is surprisingly readable, including clinical anecdotes and other small paragraphs of wisdom alongside the more formal medical information. There is a handy navigational tool at the beginning which will be invaluable to the distressed parent in need of quick information, but it is also possible to read the whole thing through at a more leisurely pace for interest. The appendices are also full of useful information on things like how to prepare for medical procedures and who to contact for help‰Û_ All in all, this is a highly practical, informative and interesting read which will be a considerable asset to those trying to help someone with ASD to sleep better."--Dr David Simmons, School of Psychology, University of Glasgow, Scotland
Kenneth J. Aitken is a practicing clinical psychologist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is active among many charitable organizations and research initiatives dedicated to building a better understanding of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and related conditions, and has published numerous academic and popular articles on ASDs. He is the author of Dietary Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Why They Work When They Do, Why They Don't When They Don't, An A-Z of Genetic Factors in Autism and Sleep Difficulties and Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Guide for Parents and Professionals.