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New Autism Speaks Sleep Strategies Guide

February 21, 2012


Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) is pleased to announce the release of its latest tool kit: Sleep Strategies for Children with Autism: A Parent’s Guide. Written by ATN sleep experts, through their participation in the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P), this free publication provides parents with strategies for improving sleep in children affected by autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

Like all ATN tool kits, Sleep Strategies draws its recommendations from the experience of specialists and the evidence-based findings of research involving children and families dealing with autism.

It includes information and tips on issues such as:

·        Creating a comfortable and sleep-conducive bedroom environment;

·        Establishing sleep-conducive daily schedules and bedtime routines;

·        Teaching children to fall asleep and fall back to sleep on their own.

To download your free copy, visit the ATN’s Tools You Can Use page. For related tips from the tool kit’s authors, see their post on our science blog. Have more sleep questions? Join us for a live webchat with neurologist and autism sleep expert Dr. Beth Ann Malow, M.D., of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Feb. 21, from 1 to 2 pm Eastern. Look for the Live Chat tab on left side of our Facebook page.

This tool kit is the product of on-going activities of Autism Speaks’ Autism Treatment Network (ATN) through its federal funding as the Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health (AIR-P). Both of these Autism-Speaks funded programs receive additional support through by cooperative agreement UA3 MC 11054 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Research Program to the Massachusetts General Hospital.