Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia Shows Benefit for Children with Autism and Their Parents


Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and affects up to 80% of children with ASD.

Several studies report a strong link between insomnia and the severity of ASD-related symptoms, including social impairment, communication difficulties and anxiety. Insomnia's impact on children with ASD can affect the entire family, causing sleep loss and additional stress for parents. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders have found cognitive behavioral therapy can improve child and parent sleep, child behavior and parent fatigue.

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