Review by Margaret Rice
If you are like me, you have frequently had questions from parents regarding how to help their children with sensory processing difficulties fall asleep and to stay asleep. Now there is Autism Sleeps, written by Ileana McCaigue, OTR, who has over 36 years of experience as an occupational therapist and she has sensory integration certification.
Autism Sleeps™ serves as a thorough resource of sleep sensory strategies and suggestions for preparing the “sleep environment”. Sample bedtime and wake-up routines are provided as templates, especially to guide parents of children with sleep difficulties.
This book is easy to read with concise and thorough information on sleep and autism related sleep problems. There are step by step directions to: create a conducive sleep environment, encourage healthy sleep and establish a wake up routine. The book provides several case studies. The appendix includes sensory sleep strategies, checklists, sleep record form and graph.
In my opinion, this book is a must have for any parents, pediatric therapists and pediatricians who have children with autism, sensory processing difficulties or any child with disruptive sleep patterns.