Using a Behavioral Treatment Package for Sleep Problems in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Rachel M. Knight, C. Merle Johnson

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Abstract

This study investigated the effectiveness of a behavioral treatment package for sleep problems in children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Treatment consisted of four behaviorally based components: circadian rhythm management, positive bedtime routines, white noise, and graduated extinction. A multiple-baseline design across three participants was used. Families completed a baseline of various lengths followed by 1 month of intervention. Results indicated the treatment package was effective in decreasing sleep onset latency and the frequency of night awakenings. A week of follow-up data showed continued improvement. Parents reported their children slept better and satisfaction with the four intervention components.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-221
Number of pages18
JournalChild and Family Behavior Therapy
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2014

Keywords

  • autism spectrum disorders
  • behavioral treatment
  • sleep disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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