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July 29, 10:29 PMNewark Autism & Parenting ExaminerChristina Dagnelli

Bed time routines are a very important part of your day with your child on the autism spectrum if you want to have any time to yourself and you want to teach your child how to relax. Following a regular routine every night makes bedtime less anxiety provoking and more peaceful because your child knows what is coming next.

A routine can be made up of a few activities such as a bath, story, and quiet play time. One of the most important aspects of the routine is to fill it with activities that work for your family and to allow enough time for the child to wind down.

 Sample of Five Steps to Bed

  • Begin the bedtime routine at least 2 hours before the targeted time you want your child to be asleep if you have a very restless child. If your child does get to sleep more easily then set the clock according to what works.
  • Allow your child to have a light snack to keep blood sugar from crashing in the middle of the night. Choose snacks that are not high in sugar.
  • Prepare a relaxing bath time with lavender soaps and lotions.
  • After dressing for bed its story time, let you child pick a short story from a few books you select.
  • Some people wind down by watching TV, others are more wound up, this same philosophy needs to be applied to the final activity you allow your child to participate in before bed. They can play quietly, watch TV or listen to the radio in their room for a set period of time.

Read in Full: http://www.examiner.com/x-42684-Newark-Autism–Parenting-Examiner~y2010m7d29-The-Importance-of-Bed-Time-Routines-with-your-Autism-Spectrum-Child



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