Publication date: Feb 13, 2020
To help families, neurologists and other healthcare providers make decisions on the best treatments, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has issued a new guideline for sleep problems in children and teens with autism, published in the February 12, 2020, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
The guideline is endorsed by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Autism Speaks, the Child Neurology Society and the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.
“While up to 40 percent of children and teens in the general population will have sleep problems at some point during their childhood, such problems usually lessen with age,” said lead guideline author Ashura Williams Buckley, MD, of the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Md. , and a member of the American Academy of Neurology.
For the guideline, experts from the American Academy of Neurology carefully reviewed available scientific studies on autism and sleep problems in children and teens.
If sleep problems appear to be more behavioral in nature, the guideline recommends a number of behavior treatments that have been shown to be effective in children with autism.
Citation: Sleep problems in children, teens with autism are focus of new AAN guideline (2020, February 12) retrieved 13 February 2020 from This document is subject to copyright.
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