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Addressing Sleep Disturbances in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

  title={Addressing Sleep Disturbances in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders},
  author={Kathleen Hague Armstrong and Meredeth A Rowe and William C. Kohler},
Up to 68 % of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (CwASD) suffer from sleep disturbances that adversely affect their learning, emotional regulation, behavioral functioning, and safety, as well as impact their parents’ sleep and stress levels. The most common sleep concernsreported by parents/caregivers include difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep and early rising, resulting in insufficient sleep time. Furthermore, sleep problems in CwASD occur early in development, persist into… 
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