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