Monday, February 27, 2012

Sleep and Dental for Autism

Autism Speaks has published two guides that parents will want to download.

The first covers sleep habits and discusses bedtime routine (including sample PEX-style cards), sensory concerns (light, sound, tactile and temperature), the amount of sleep needed (children with autism appear to need less sleep), and strategies for problem sleepers. There is a wealth of good information in 8 pages.  Autism Speaks Sleep Tips

The second guide is a toolkit for dental professionals. It provides practical strategies for doing dental work on children with autism. Included topics are sensory strategies, picture schedules and social stories. There are handouts for dental workers to provide to parents regarding chemicals and procedures. The appendix contains parent medical checklists and parent handouts regarding the nature of amalgams and flouride. Autism Speaks Dental Tool Kit

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