AUTISM Sleeps: Sensory Strategies to Help Restless Minds Sleep! SAMPLE


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AUTISM SLEEPS… is an easy-to-read manual of sleep information and methods for helping persons with sensory processing difficulties, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, achieve an overall healthy sleep experience. It also serves as a thorough resource of sl

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autism sleeps how bedtimes impact our health asleep due to the shift in the amount of light our eyes take in causing an increase versus a decrease in mental energy getting to sleep before 10:00 p.m not only gives the body the added benefit of greater rest but it also takes advantage of the body s natural neurochemistry to benefit from the deepest sleep levels adjusting bedtime from 11:00 to 10:00 p.m would provide important benefits that would significantly impact the body s general health especially regarding weight levels of alertness during the next day and overall physical and mental capabilities effects of sleep deprivation 14


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autism sleeps exteroceptive sensory strategies oral taste or chewing sucking need continued fruits bananas pineapples plums or tart cherries fresh or juice 8 ozs 2 hours before bed in morning to reset internal clock thru increased melatonin when taken at regularly scheduled times honey pure raw honey is best to reduce orexin a neurotransmitter that increases alertness note consult a pediatrician for age when a child can safely intake honey 44


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autism sleeps interoceptive sensory strategies continued key words to implement the above include a night light comforting words gentle or bear hugs kisses and soft voice listening to talk radio review of day s events singing soothing songs pictures of family or friends listening to a recorded voice reassuring parents is are near phone call from significant person rubbing shoulders hand or forehead monster spray [see next page for directions/recipe 62



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