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      Fathers experiences of sleeping problems in children with autism

      Advances in Autism

      Emerald Publishing

      Children, Health, Employment, Couple relationship, Fathers, Sleeping problems

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          Abstract

          Purpose

          The purpose of this paper is to explore the role of fathers in the management of sleeping problems in children with autism and their perspectives of the impact of these difficulties on family life.

          Design/methodology/approach

          Semi-structured interviews with 25 UK-based fathers of children with autism were undertaken.

          Findings

          Two-thirds of fathers reported that their children experienced severe sleeping problems in the areas of bed-time resistance, sleep onset and night-time waking. Fathers were significantly involved in the management of these difficulties and reported a range of associated deleterious impacts on the family, including significant negative effects on paternal and maternal health, father’s employment, couple relationship and sibling experiences.

          Research limitations/implications

          The interview sample cannot be said to be representative of all fathers of children with autism since the backgrounds of those taking part were relatively homogeneous in respect of ethnicity, marital status and level of education.

          Practical implications

          Improvements in effective, family-centred provision are urgently needed which employ a co-parenting, gender-differentiated methodology.

          Social implications

          Given the severity and frequency of difficulties, sleeping problems in children with autism should be viewed as a significant public health concern.

          Originality/value

          This is one of the first studies, qualitative or quantitative, to explore the role and perspectives of fathers of children with autism in the important area of sleep management.

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          Sleep in children with autism spectrum disorder.

          Children with autism spectrum disorder demonstrate an increased prevalence of difficulties with sleep initiation and maintenance. The consequences may include alterations in daytime behavior, memory, and learning in patients, and significant stress in caretakers. The dysregulation of melatonin synthesis, sensitization to environmental stimuli, behavioral insomnia syndromes, delayed sleep phase syndrome, rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder, and comorbid anxiety, depression, and epilepsy comprise common etiologic factors. The clinical assessment of sleep problems in this population and a management algorithm are presented. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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            Sleep is associated with problem behaviors in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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              Sleep problems as possible predictors of intensified symptoms of autism*1

               K SCHRECK (2004)
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                Author and article information

                Contributors
                Journal
                AIA
                10.1108/AIA
                Advances in Autism
                AIA
                Emerald Publishing
                2056-3868
                03 April 2017
                : 3
                : 2
                : 100-111
                Affiliations
                Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University , Leeds, UK
                Author notes
                Carol Ann Potter can be contacted at: c.a.potter@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
                Article
                591769 AIA-06-2016-0017.pdf AIA-06-2016-0017
                10.1108/AIA-06-2016-0017
                © Emerald Publishing Limited
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                Figures: 0, Tables: 2, Equations: 0, References: 51, Pages: 12, Words: 6283
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                research-article, Research paper
                cat-HSC, Health & social care
                cat-LID, Learning & intellectual disabilities
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                Sleeping problems, Fathers, Couple relationship, Employment, Health, Children

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