ERIC Number: EJ1019454
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Behavioral Interventions to Address Sleep Disturbances in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Review
Turner, Kylan S.; Johnson, Cynthia R.
Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, v33 n3 p144-152 Nov 2013
Sleep problems are a common occurrence among children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). In addition to the adverse effects that sleep problems present for children's neurodevelopment, learning, and daytime behaviors, these sleep problems also present significant challenges for the entire family. This article outlines the results of a comprehensive review of behavioral intervention literature to address sleep problems in young children with ASD using the National Autism Center (NAC) criteria. Results indicate that a variety of antecedent- and consequence-based interventions have been evaluated with young children with ASD to address sleep disturbances. The empirical strength of the literature reviewed reveals an emerging evidence base. These findings suggest the need for more research evaluating behavioral interventions with young children with ASD to contribute to best practices for early childhood special educators and practitioners working with these children.
Descriptors: Sleep, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Behavior Modification, Intervention, Young Children, Behavior Problems, Early Intervention, Literature Reviews, Prevention, Reinforcement, Scheduling, Stimuli, Contingency Management
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