The Hughes Brothers Recommend – Additional Resources For Both Children and Adults Confronting Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Friends, the Hughes Brothers have delivered detailed reviews of a number of books surrounding the rigors of ASD, focusing almost exclusively on bedtime difficulties in young people. The following list of helpful resources addresses, turns major attention toward adults with ASD. We begin, however, with still more studies and reports in support of little ones trying to achieve a good night’s sleep.
· Web MD: The Hugheses would enjoy a dollar for every time we have consulted this site. To our minds, Web MD stands big head and broad shoulders above any other compendium of medical knowledge. Go to Web MD for solid guidance on health topics ranging from snakebite to gout to pain management to male-pattern baldness. With ASD, the site investigates the causes – and the sometimes unavoidable side effects – of sleep disorders. Look for tips regarding treatment possibilities and, best of all, potential improvements in the hygiene of sleep.
· Spectrum: Here come inclusion and comprehensiveness in a sweeping exploration of the medical, psychological, and environmental factors that can cause sleep problems in children with ASD. The Hughes Brothers suggest that you set aside a big chunk of time for your reading of Spectrum.
· Journal of Pediatric Neuroscience: A full twenty years of study lays behind this report now coming four years old. Not to worry, the findings here could not be more immediate, more useful in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of children with ASD and their particular struggles with sleep, blessed sleep
· Austism Treatment Network: Practical and then some, the Network is all about intervention in the behaviors almost always associated with children with ASD. Think of ATN as a tool box, with all sorts of useful ideas to be drawn out and used as needed. Good, really good tools hereabouts.
· Sleep and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Scholarly and far-ranging, this report highlighted the National Autism Conference in 2011. Like several other of these gems, the wisdom here endures years later in its reporting on the causes, symptoms, and treatment methods for the sleep disturbances most common in children with ASD.
We turn now to aging children, the adults who still must contend with the difficulties of their youth. The Hughes Brothers are honored to offer the following suggestions for good reading on a Sunday afternoon. And thanks, great thanks, to the researchers who have compiled the knowledge we’re about to catalog.
· Research Autism: Down to earth, right now in its advice, the guide covers the complaints common among older people with autism, before moving on to risk factors, possibilities for treatment: just general information ready to help you with whatever sleep issues might be troubling you.
· Musings of an Auspie: The winsome title hints at the very personal, very individualized nature of this blog, faithful in its postings since at least 2012. Written by a woman in her forties diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, this deeply affecting work describes the dear lady’s struggles with sleep, only to be followed by some quite effective answers she has discovered in her quest for eight hours of uninterrupted slumber.
· Sleep: Shall we, as the title suggests, go right now to the deep-down heart of the matter? The journal directs its expertise to adults with high, high-functioning ASD. The discussion focuses on disturbances at night and increased efficiency – strange term, but understandable – in sleep. Comparisons come along with people who do not have ASD.
· Sleep Intervention for Adults with Autism Spectrum: Published in London by the prestigious Royal College of Nursing, the papers deals, exclusively, with the effectiveness of group therapy for adults with ASD. End of song.
We trust that you’ll find some relief, some hope around here. Stay strong with the Hughes Brothers and our sister Cindy.