how do i get my little girl to sleep??

Gemma - posted on 10/10/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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my daughter is six years old in january and for a very long time ive had trouble getting her to sleep!! sometimes shes awake at 1 in the morning and never asleep before 10pm. she has some problems and ive been told she may be autisic. can anyone give me some ideas on how to get autistic children to sleep please?? thanks

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Sarah - posted on 10/11/2009

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I have 2 girls and the first was a terrible sleeper but when her sister came along i just got tough. This is what I do. stick to a set routine every night no matter what time it is but best to have set time too. Give you and her enough time for it to feel relaxed so you don't try and skip on the routine to save time. Same drink, get changed and washed in same order, read a story, sing a song (I've been singing the same song every night for years!!) and have a cuddle and say your goodnights, then that's it. Don't give in to requests for more story/songs/drinks etc, just say no darling sleep time now or what ever. It takes time to establish but once it's in their head they just fall into it. I think autistic children like routine as it makes them feel safe and secure. We even do our routine on holiday at midnight when the g&t's got the better of me. Hope it works as it's just the worst time to have problems and so hard to cope at night.

MICHELLE - posted on 10/11/2009

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DOES SHE LIKE MUSIC? MABEY PUT ON SOME SOOTHING MUSIC FOR HER. I HAVE WORKED WITH SOME AUTISTIC PEOPLE BEFORE AND SOMETIMES MUSIC HELP THEM CALM DOWN. HOPE THIS HELPS! GOOD LUCK!!

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Genevieve - posted on 10/19/2009

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Although I love Sarah thompsons reply, I have some advice . When my seven, almost eight year old is having trouble I always open the window. Fresh air puts her to sleep. When I know she is having a hard time with something I give her a mesage and that helps alot. Once I suggested we play spa and I put her in the bathtub and lit a candle (out of her reach) when she got out of the bath, she made a wish. this helped too. She will not fall asleep unless I am in the room beside her. . I know some would say its not ok, but its always been the way. I plan on changing this when she is eight, and I know its going to be tough on both of us.

Rachael - posted on 10/10/2009

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I know little about autism. I do however have faith in a book. It's called Dr. Seuss' Sleepy book. Read it in a montonus tone and fake a lot of yawns. I used to be a daycare teacher and if you can get them to lay still when you start this book they will be asleep by the time you finish. It worked on my and my sib, every class i've worked in and even on my kiddo's. Its always worth a try.

Latisha - posted on 10/10/2009

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I don't know too much about autistic children but when my five yr old is having trouble sleeping, i allow hr to lay in the bed with me while i watch my shows on tv. it wrks pretty well because she gts bored.

Emilie - posted on 10/10/2009

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my son is like that, I think he may have aspergers. He just turned 7. he sleeps on the floor beside my bed. He gets so scared in his room by himself, he wakes up and comes in my room and sleeps on the floor. He does okay sometimes with a nightlight. Also, I always make sure that he has NO caffeine.

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