Center For Children
With Special Needs
2213 & 2300 Main Street
Behavioral Sleep Clinic
Difficulties with a variety of self-regulatory and adaptive skills are common among children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related developmental disabilities. The emphasis of the Behavioral Sleep Clinic is the treatment of sleep difficulties that are not medically-related. Treatment incorporates behavioral assessment, intervention planning, and family training to ameliorate existing difficulties and establish adaptive sleep-related skills.
Common problems include:
Prior to the initial evaluation session, families complete intake forms and questionnaires and collect data across two weeks on the child's behavior. These tools render information on:
After the initial home-based data collection, families participate in a clinical interview to complete the initial evaluation and being planning for sleep interventions.
Following the initial evaluation session, families work with Sleep Clinic staff to develop a home-based Sleep Behavior Intervention Plan (S-BSP). At all stages the Sleep Clinic team emphasizes:
During sleep treatment sessions families are provided with specific training on all intervention components and work continually with Sleep Clinic staff to develop intervention strategies that are functional within their homes. Ongoing support is provided to help families respond proactively to challenges in a positive and successful fashion. As acute problems remit, the Sleep Clinic team works with families to ensure functional skill development with all aspects of sleep-related behavior and to fade intervention components to support full independence.
Kristen D'Eramo, Ph.D.
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