Research consistently identifies good sleep as essential for wellbeing. Children who get good sleep have been shown to be less impacted by loneliness. Children with autism commonly experience sleep problems and may benefit from extra support with establishing a good sleep routine.
Good sleep readiness can help create the conditions a child needs to achieve a healthy sleep-wake pattern. Sleep strategies include:
Work with the family
Be aware of sensory needs
Avoid food and drinks with caffeine
Create the right environment for sleep
Avoid stimulating activities
Sleep schedules can help children become familiar with sleep routines and can reduce sleep resistance. Adding photos from the child's own early childhood sleep environment to these resources (e.g. their bedding at childcare) can be especially helpful.