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Sleep Well on the Autism Spectrum: How to recognise common sleep difficulties, choose the right treatment, and get you or your child sleeping soundly [Kindle Edition]

Kenneth Aitken
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Why are sleep disorders more common in individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), and how can parents recognise the signs and symptoms? Which treatments are most effective, how easy are they to implement and how successful can they be?

Full of helpful information and practical advice, this comprehensive guide introduces the most common sleep issues in children with ASDs, describing both mainstream and complementary options for treatment, what is involved and the outcomes that can be expected. The author describes common underlying conditions that might lead to sleep difficulties, including genetic conditions, diet and physical factors, explaining how parents can identify these. Various issues that can affect sleep are explored, including night terrors, teeth grinding, bedwetting and sleepwalking, and practical solutions are given.

This is essential reading for parents of children and teenagers on the autism spectrum who have difficulties associated with sleeping, and will also be of great help to all individuals with ASDs who experience sleep problems.

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A marvellous book...Filled with practical knowledge and comprehensive in coverage, this book addresses an important and little discussed topic and will be of value to parents and practitioners alike. -- Fred R Volkmar, M.D., Director, Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine and Editor in Chief, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders Difficulties in sleeping are a major concern for parents of children on the autism spectrum and significantly affect their behaviour and performance. Strategies for addressing these are very important to enhance the quality of life for both the children and their parents. This book by Ken Aitken fills an important gap in the literature and will enable parents and others to understand why this population experience more problems and help them to find ways to improve their quality and length of sleep. -- Dr Glenys Jones, Autism Centre for Education and Research, University of Birmingham, UK This book is absolutely packed with useful current information that reflects research into sleep disorders. Although it is an excellent resource for professionals, the flow charts are well-designed and represent good practice to keep the focus for parents. The rating system for different interventions is particularly good. This will definitely become a resource frequently employed in Scottish Autism's sleep counselling services. -- Alan Somerville, Chief Executive, Scottish Autism Aitken discusses the types of sleep problems and what is most likely to work. He talks about the need to gather evidence about the problem... You are provided with helpful checklists and are guided through the process. This book is very comprehensive and provides the reader with an explanation of a number of sleep problems from narcolepsy to sleep apnea. This book is a helpful guide to anyone who is struggling with sleep problems which provides sensible advice and support. -- Sylvia Lowery Alex Lowery speaks about autism blog The author not only identifies that many problems experience but families of children who do not sleep but also gives many different and practical solutions...Sleep Well on the Autism Spectrum is not only a resource for parents with autistic children, by could be applied to any family who has a child with sleeping difficulties... This is a seriously good book, everything you could possibly want to know about common sleep difficulties and assessments of the treatments available for them... All this delivered in an easy, unpretentious style, along with pertinent quotations, illustrative case studies, charts, lists, graphs, pictures and diagrams makes it a pleasure to read. Amazon - IHC in your community, New Zealand, Parent of an 11 old autistic boy

About the Author

Kenneth J. Aitken is a practising Clinical Psychologist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is active among many charitable organisations and research initiatives dedicated to building a better understanding of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and related conditions, and has published numerous academic and popular articles on ASDs. He is the author of Dietary Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Why They Work When They Do, Why They Don't When They Don't, An A-Z of Genetic Factors in Autism, Sleep Difficulties and Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, also published by JKP.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and informative 30 May 2015
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If you are an ASD parent struggling with sleepless nights I recommend this book.
It is easy to read, informative and covers basic sleep and a whole gamut of sleep disorders as well as interventions and therapies for them.
I was pleased to see it included the rythmic movement disorders, sleep walking/moving and night terrors.
Very helpful useful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An honest and helpful guide 14 July 2014
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I very rarely read non-fiction books but as a parent of an 11 year old autistic boy who has never had a full nights sleep I hoped Kenneth Aitken's advice might change our lives, and after reading it I genuinely believe it will. The author not only identifies the many problems experienced by families of children who do not sleep(that includes the child themselves)but also many different, and practical, solutions.
Unlike some people who may judge the methods used by parents, particularly at 2am when they might give in and sleep next to their child, Kenneth Aitken's tone is never condescending. He encourages the family to keep trying and gives various options.
This is not a medical journal but the author does use certain official terms and refers to studies done, but I never felt overwhelmed. Generally his writing is easy to understand, and even humorous at times, as he uses common analogies and quotes from popular culture.
This is not a self-help book aimed at a particular gender or class and there are summaries following each chapter which could be glanced at when the parent needs a reminder. I particularly like the way that with each technique for sleeping that Kenneth Aitken gives he rates it in terms of cost, effectiveness and effort.
Sleep Well on the Autism Spectrum is not only a resource for parents with autistic children, but could be applied to any family who has a child with sleeping difficulties. I now feel more confident to try a new approach, but know that this is a book I will now refer to frequently.
I thank Jessica Kingsley Publishing for providing me with this copy for review.
Although I received this as a review copy, this has had no influence on my opinion.
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