Autism in young people

Most of this guideline in autism in young people is aimed at specialist teams. There is an emphasis on psychological treatments as a first line, with medication only used if these are failing.

There is an interesting section on sleep problems, which are common in children with autism. If a child is having sleep problems, consider the following:

  • Environment - is it conducive to sleep (ie blackout blinds, quiet, avoidance of electronic gadgets, sharing with others)?
  • Bedtime - is it at regular times?
  • Activity Levels - are they hyperactive and what are their exercise levels?
  • Organic causes - are they in discomfort or are they unwell?
  • Medications - could medications be hindering sleep?
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Sleep Apnoea

Louise Hudman

I'm a freelance GP locum in Winchester & Southampton.

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