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ERIC Number: EJ919931
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1944-7515
Daytime Sleep Patterns in Preschool Children with Autism, Developmental Delay, and Typical Development
Schwichtenberg, A. J.; Iosif, Ana-Maria; Goodlin-Jones, Beth; Tang, Karen; Anders, Thomas
American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v116 n2 p142-152 Mar 2011
The present study examined daytime sleep patterns in 3 groups of preschool-aged children: children with autism, children with developmental delay, and children who were developing typically. Sleep was assessed in 194 children via actigraphy and parent-report sleep diaries for 7 consecutive days on 3 separate occasions over 6 months. Children with autism napped less often and for shorter periods of time than children with developmental disability, with whom they were matched on chronologic age. Children with developmental disabilities napped more like children in the typically developing group, who were, on average, 6 months younger. Each group displayed an expected shift in daytime sleep as more children matured out of their naps.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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