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Recommendations for assessing and managing sleep problems in children with neurodevelopmental conditions

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posted on 2023-12-20, 17:01 authored by Anna Hamilton, Anna Joyce, Jayne Spiller

Purpose of Review

This review draws upon the authors’ practical experience of assessing sleep in children with neurodevelopmental conditions alongside empirical evidence of recommendations for clinicians and researchers to support assessment of sleep problems and strategies to promote healthy sleep in children with specific neurodevelopmental conditions. These include communication about sleep, mental health/behavioural considerations, pain, sensory profile, epilepsy, melatonin secretion profiles, sleep-disordered breathing and restless leg syndrome.

Recent Findings

This review has a particular focus on children with autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder, Down syndrome, Smith-Magenis syndrome, Angelman syndrome, William’s syndrome and cerebral palsy.

Summary

Sleep disturbance varies in severity between neurodevelopmental conditions and the need for individualised assessment is emphasised. The impact of children’s poor sleep on parents is highlighted as a particular concern. A checklist of recommendations and example resources for clinicians to enquire about sleep in children with neurodevelopmental conditions has been included in a summary table.

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Author affiliation

School of Psychology and Vision Science, University of Leicester

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  • VoR (Version of Record)

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Current Developmental Disorders Reports

Volume

10

Pagination

247-285

Publisher

Springer

issn

2196-2987

Copyright date

2023

Available date

2023-12-20

Language

en

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