Behavioral approaches to the treatment of sleep problems in children with developmental disorders: What is the state of the art?

Richdale, A and Wiggs, L 2005, 'Behavioral approaches to the treatment of sleep problems in children with developmental disorders: What is the state of the art?', International Journal of Behavioral and Consultation Therapy, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 165-190.


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Title Behavioral approaches to the treatment of sleep problems in children with developmental disorders: What is the state of the art?
Author(s) Richdale, A
Wiggs, L
Year 2005
Journal name International Journal of Behavioral and Consultation Therapy
Volume number 1
Issue number 3
Start page 165
End page 190
Total pages 25
Publisher Joseph Cautilli
Abstract This paper reviews behavioral treatments for sleep problems in children with a developmental disorder (DD). Sleep problems are common in children with a DD and children¿s sleep problems may be associated with adverse consequences including behaviour problems, compromised daytime functioning and family stress. However, the sleep intervention literature for these children is seriously lacking, with only extinction and graduated extinction approaches meeting criteria for a probably efficacious treatment for common sleeplessness problems. The investigation of behavioral treatments for other sleep difficulties remains in its infancy. The impact of sleep problems and successful treatment is largely unexplored, while professional awareness regarding sleep problems and their treatment appears poor.
Subject Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Keyword(s) sleep
developmental disorders
sleeplessness
excessive sleepiness
behavioural treatment
ISSN 1555-7855
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