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Sleep Difficulties and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Sleep Difficulties and Autism Spectrum Disorders

A Guide for Parents and Professionals

Kenneth J. Aitken

Quick Overview

This comprehensive guide to the management of sleep difficulties focuses on the problems that are commonly found in Autism Spectrum Disorders and related conditions. The author explains sleep and everything that affects it and gives detailed outlines of all the proven medications and western and eastern non-pharmacological remedies available.
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Paperback / softback
2012, 9.84in x 7.28in / 250mm x 185mm, 320pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-259-7
£26.99
Ebook
2012, ePUB, 320pp
ISBN: 978-0-85700-550-2
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£26.99

Description

Problems with sleeping are common and make life difficult for the individual who is affected and for those around them. Sleep difficulties are particularly prevalent amongst people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and often cause or worsen other difficulties.

This comprehensive guide to the management of sleep problems, introduces all the proven remedies and focuses on the problems commonly found in ASDs and related conditions. The author discusses sleep in depth, including how we currently define and understand it. The full spectrum of sleep disorders is explained alongside the range of possible treatment approaches. The book also examines why some sleep problems are more common among people with an ASD than others, how sleep problems evolve over time, what can be done to treat them and the likely benefits from different treatments.

This book is a complete resource for professionals, families and carers working with those suffering from sleep problems of any kind. It will be of great interest to anyone wanting to gain a thorough understanding of sleep in relation to ASDs.

Reviews

'This book offers a well-researched and comprehensive explanation of sleep patterns and problems and the theories and practices that are commonly used to help addrtess sleep problems.'
- Communication

'For professionals, academics or for those seeking a comprehensive account of sleep difficulties this book would provide a valuable read.'
- NAPLIC Matters

'This is the first book that I know of dedicated to addressing sleep difficulties in ASC... This book is a comprehensive and welcome resource for professionals in understanding sleep issues in children with autism.'
- AUKIDS

'This is an extremely well researched book, clearly demonstrating that Aitken is of the old school psychologists who, are sadly, in my opinion, a dying breed... This is an excellent book which I highly recommend to clinicians working with children with sleep problems but is also suited to parents wishing to become more informed about the science behind sleep and some actions which might help their child.'
- asteens and BFKbooks

'Ken Aitken has done a remarkable job in providing a scholarly and comprehensive overview of this important but neglected topic. He offers valuable insights into the potential nature of the sleep problems associated with autism, an encyclopaedic listing of potential interventions and some useful tools to help with assessment. His careful detailing of the evidence base makes this a vital resource for any modern practitioner.'
- John Clements, Clinical Psychologist

'The new standard reference for all clinicians who are confronted with sleep disorders in children with autism, and for parents who need answers to the "what can I do" question.'
- Filippo Muratori, Division of Child Neurology and Psychiatry, University of Pisa

'The spectrum of difficulties are explained in detail as well as a broad selection of possible solutions. Desperate parents are likely to claim, like me, that we've tried all that before, but it is useful to remember that what didn't work when they were 3 or 5 or 10, might be worth another try now that they are teenagers... I agree wholeheartedly with the first step of making a 'sleep diary', only then will you be able to get a bird's eye view of the true situation... Overall, this book has a great layout, easy to follow with the data to back up the assertions and some delightful quotes to lighten the load e.g. 'It is a bad plan that admits of no modification'.'
- Whittier on Autism

Authors

By (author): Kenneth Aitken