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Solving Sleep Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

A Guide for Frazzled Families
Terry Katz, Ph.D. & Beth Ann Malow, M.D., M.S.


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isbn# 978-1-60613-195-4
6" x 9"
148 Pages

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"Terry Katz, Ph.D. and Beth Malow, M.D., M.S. have written the most comprehensive and practical book I've seen yet on how to handle children's sleep problems. Because their particular focus is on children with autism, their book Solving Sleep Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders offers suggestions that are effective enough to help even the children who most struggle with getting and staying asleep."
-Read the entire review at Psychology Today blog, June 29, 2015

"This well-structured and easy-to-follow book is written in several distinct parts, beginning with basic information about sleep, sleep research, and the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders that might interfere with slumber. These sections are certainly useful, and, while the book can be read as a whole, the "frazzled parent' can easily head straight to the chapters that evaluate sleep routines and provide suggestions for bedtime and tips on how to get children to bed and keep them there. Handy surveys and questionnaires, along with worksheets and logs, allow parents to keep tabs on sleep habits."
-Library Journal, July 1, 2014

"The sleep education program for parents described in this book has been invaluable for our family. The picture schedule worked like a miracle the very first night, and my daughter fell asleep in minutes rather than hours. Even years later, she chooses to continue to use her picture schedule."
-Meredith Newmaker, parent of a child with ASD

"Solving Sleep Problems offers parents a wealth of practical strategies for getting children to fall asleep and stay asleep, focusing on commonsense approaches versus medications which can have serious side effects."
-Read the entire review at Autism File, February/March 2015

"I commend the authors for the respectful tone that they have used when it comes to helping parents face their own role in their child's sleep problem and resolution.

I particularly appreciated how the author took complicated biological and medical theory and translated it into language and concepts that are easily understood by families. They provided just the right amount of scientific knowledge to educate readers without overwhelming them. Furthermore, the layout and formatting of the book is pleasing to the eye and convenient when it comes to referencing needed information."
-Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 2015

"The authors—who have extensive experience not only studying the sleep of children on the autism spectrum but also educating families on how to deal with sleep problems—provide an easy to read and helpful guide for exhausted parents. The book is chock full with the latest thinking about sleep problems and woven throughout are real-life cases and useful tools to guide families through the process of helping their child sleep better. It is an invaluable resource for anyone struggling with a child's problems surrounding sleep."
-V. Mark Durand, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Co-Editor, Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions

"Drs. Katz and Malow have assembled a concise, straightforward explanation of sleep problems in children with autism. Families will find the content up to date and easily understood. The treatment recommendations are supported by research, and are presented in a clear format so that parents can carry them out on their own. The many case examples will resonate with families, and they will benefit from guidance for the difficult situations that are not easily managed. Perhaps more useful than anything else is the emphasis on non-medication management of these problems, as most sleep problems in autism can be treated effectively without medicine. Every parent of a child with autism should read this book whether their child has sleep problems or not."
-Daniel Coury MD, FAAP
Medical Director, Autism Speaks Autism Network
Chief, Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, Nationwide Children's Hospital
Professor of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University

"Chapters are well organized and give a concise explanation of the problems that children have falling asleep. Reference sources are listed at the end of chapter. Parents do not need to read the entire book, but can easily skip to the part that is pertinent to their situation. Extensive appendices include surveys and questionnaires to guide the parents, screening tools that are targeted to toddlers, school-aged children and adolescents, a family inventory of sleep habits, and visual supports of bedtime routines."
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