31 Days of Parenting Kiddos with Special Needs: Sleep Issues

31 Days of Parenting Kiddos with Special Needs

Parents with kids on the spectrum know how much “fun” it is to have to get those kiddos to bed at times and to keep them in bed when they are having sleep disturbances. Parents with kids who have ADHD deal with kids who have no off-switch regardless of how tired they are. Parents whose kids have both (like mine) are in a special kind of hell.

Here is what I’ve found that helps:

[+] Routines: It really does help to be able to direct your kiddo to the next thing on the list. Ours is pretty much the same as Daniel Tiger’s: bathtime, pj’s, snack, brush teeth, go to sleep. (We have this book as well.)

[+] A consistent schedule: This goes along with the routine. Everything happens at pretty much the same time every night, making it easy when I have choir practice or something in the evening and my parents are doing bedtime with Daniel.

[+] Melatonin: We give it to the kidlet along with his evening meds (Clonidine). It’s very easily found in the vitamin section of your local supermarket or drug store.

Daniel does still have nights where he’s wakeful but these three things tend to work pretty well for us.

1 thought on “31 Days of Parenting Kiddos with Special Needs: Sleep Issues

  1. This is so helpful as my recently identified Aspie girl and I continue to explore her unique gifts and challenges –which included sleep difficulties for a long time which ripped my heart out with guilt when we were cutting down on nursing and her dad would endlessly dance her to music which I now realize was totally overstimulating. Sigh.

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