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sleep issues autistic child Victoria's Mommy TTC since Apr 2014; 1 child; 1 angel baby; Pekin, Illinois 1736 posts
Jan 27th '16

My daughter is 7 years old and has non-verbal autism. I need advice on how to get her to sleep through the night. She hasnt slept through the night in her own bed in over a year. We give her melatonin before bed and she has no problems going to sleep at bedtime. But every night between 11 and 1 she comes out of her bed and will come to our bed. Most of the time she will just come to our room and fall asleep in our bed. Sometimes like tonight she will just stay awake all night. This is becoming more frequent and i am getting very little sleep. If anyone has any suggestions please share. I am exhausted and out of ideas.

tinana+3 3 kids; Orlando, FL, Virgin Islands 48299 posts
Jan 27th '16

I'd talk to her doc...

Mama_llama 2 kids; ???, Pa, United States 3035 posts
Jan 27th '16

Have you tried a weighted blanket? They are amazing! They can be a little spendy. BUT there are patterns to DIY on pinterest. I would make one first and see if she responds well to it. If she likes it then it would be worth it to purchase one. We have a bedtime cd for my son (who is also autistic) it was created especially for autistic children who have trouble sleeping. It does play soft music but it's mostly a gentle voice that "talks them to sleep" it goes through the whole body saying things like " your hands worked very hard today, think of all the things your hands did, they are very tired and need to rest" etc....I laughed when we first listened to it but my son responded ver well to it! Hope that helps!

Awkward 5 kids; 2 angel babies; St Cloud, MN, United States 4642 posts
Jan 27th '16

I have no experience or advice! I just wanted to send some positive energy your way. I know hard much being sleep deprived effects how I function I hope you can find some thing that works, soon. Good luck

October2011 Due August 5; 3 kids; Pennsylvania 8805 posts
Jan 27th '16

I would def try the weighted blanket like another poster suggested! Have you looked into melatonin for kids? I used Zarbees version for my son when I moved his sister into his room. Just until he got back on track and then I stopped. It's non habit forming and worked well for us. 

Victoria's Mommy TTC since Apr 2014; 1 child; 1 angel baby; Pekin, Illinois 1736 posts
Jan 27th '16

Quoting Mama_llama:
Have you tried a weighted blanket? They are amazing! They can be a little spendy. BUT there are patterns to DIY on pinterest. I would make one first and see if she responds well to it. If she likes it then it would be worth it to purchase one. We have a bedtime cd for my son (who is also autistic) it was created especially for autistic children who have trouble sleeping. It does play soft music but it's mostly a gentle voice that "talks them to sleep" it goes through the whole body saying things like " your hands worked very hard today, think of all the things your hands did, they are very tired and need to rest" etc....I laughed when we first listened to it but my son responded ver well to it! Hope that helps!


We have tried a weighted blanket she didnt like it much. It bothered her more than helped. I will have to look into a bedtime cd. What is the one you have called

Victoria's Mommy TTC since Apr 2014; 1 child; 1 angel baby; Pekin, Illinois 1736 posts
Jan 27th '16

Quoting October2011:
I would def try the weighted blanket like another poster suggested! Have you looked into melatonin for kids? I used Zarbees version for my son when I moved his sister into his room. Just until he got back on track and then I stopped. It's non habit forming and worked well for us. 


Ya we have tried that too. Gets her to sleep at bedtime but then she is up in 4 hours. 

Victoria's Mommy TTC since Apr 2014; 1 child; 1 angel baby; Pekin, Illinois 1736 posts
Jan 27th '16

Quoting tinana+2:
I'd talk to her doc...


At this point i think that is my best option. I am against kids taking meds that they dont need. Like half the kids on adhd meds probably dont need them but thats another thing lol. I have avoided giving her meds for a long time but it might be the only way we can all get a good night sleep. 

mom to 2 beautiful preemi 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Missouri 451 posts
Apr 21st '16

My daughters neurologist put her on clondine to help her sleep. It seems to help a lil but we haven't been on it long. You could possibly ask about that? May I ask how your child was diagnosed? We recently had an ados test done and we're told over the phone she isn't autistic but they will discuss more of what they mean and how they came across this

Victoria's Mommy TTC since Apr 2014; 1 child; 1 angel baby; Pekin, Illinois 1736 posts
May 17th '16

Quoting mom to 2 beautiful preemi:
My daughters neurologist put her on clondine to help her sleep. It seems to help a lil but we haven't been on it long. You could possibly ask about that? May I ask how your child was diagnosed? We recently had an ados test done and we're told over the phone she isn't autistic but they will discuss more of what they mean and how they came across this


Sorry haven't been online in a while. She was diagnosed at 18 months when she still wasn't speaking. She had to be seen by a group of people they just played with her and watched her interaction with people and made their decision on what they saw.