Sleep in children with autism spectrum disorders

Kyle P. Johnson, Beth A. Malow

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Children with autism spectrum disorders frequently have significant sleep problems, most commonly insomnia. Fortunately, a variety of treatments are available, including behavioral interventions and pharmacotherapy. When establishing a treatment plan, it is imperative to understand the underlying etiology of the sleep problem, which in many cases is multifactorial. Some sleep problems, such as suspected obstructive sleep apnea, should be referred to a sleep specialist. Identifying and treating sleep disorders may not only result in improved sleep but also may favorably affect daytime behavior and family functioning. In general, when treating insomnia, behavioral interventions should be instituted initially, followed by pharmacotherapy if needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)350-359
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Treatment Options in Neurology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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