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Sleep Problems of Children with Autism: Prevalent, Relevant, and Treatable by Behavior Analysts


Abstract: Sleep problems are prevalent among children, especially children with autism and negatively impact the wellbeing of both the child and their family. They are, however, amenable to treatment by applied behavior analysts. In this presentation, the specific process used by applied behavior analysts for addressing sleep problems, such as taking too long to fall asleep, waking frequently at night, sleeping for only short durations each night, will be described. Critical features of behavioral intervention for sleep problems will be described along with the bio-behavioral conceptual system that guides applied behavior analysts when they attempt to first understand the variables influencing sleep problems and then design personalized interventions.



1. An attendee will be able describe the assessment process that allows for the identification of likely causes of persistent delayed sleep onset and night awakenings in young children.

2. An attendee will be able to describe aspects of nighttime routines, schedules, and dependencies that promote or inhibit healthy sleep.

3. An attendee will be able to describe the various function-based treatments for nighttime problem behavior that interferes with sleep onset or the resumption of sleep.


Relevant Reading

Jin, C. S., Hanley, G. P., & Beaulieu, L. (2013). An individualized and comprehensive approach to treating sleep problems in young children. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 46, 161-180