Autism in young people

11th September 2013 by Louise Hudman

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

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