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Sleep Problems 

Sleep Problems

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Sleep Problems
Author(s):

Anne E. Porter

and Daniel G. Glaze

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780195371826.003.0029
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date: 28 June 2017

Sleep problems in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a significant issue and warrant a place in routine clinical evaluation. Evidence consistently indicates that children with an autism spectrum disorder are more likely to have a sleep disorder than typically developing children. A wide range of sleep disorders are reported in this population, with the most common being insomnia, including difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Furthermore, sleep disorders negatively impact the daytime functioning of both the child and family members, as well as exacerbate coexisting medical, psychiatric, psychosocial, and developmental problems. This chapter presents an overview of the clinical presentations of sleep disorders in children with ASD and discusses the evaluation and treatment of these disorders.

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