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What sleep troubles do autistic children commonly have?

Typically, an autistic child can:

• have erratic and prolonged settling down routines

• have the need to perform rituals prior to going to bed, such as going up and down stairs a certain number of times, or repeatedly check on other family members

• have trouble learning to sleep alone in a room

• wake frequently and require time to settle back down with the help of an overtired parent

• be very sensitive to light and sound

• be tactilely defensive to sheets, PJ’s and covers

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