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Sleep Magazine: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Sleep Behaviors and Quality in Children

Contributors: Margaret C. Souders, PhD, CRNP, Thorton B.A. Mason, MD, MSCE, Otto Valladares, MS, Maja Bucan, PhD, Susan E. Levy, MD, David S. Mandell, ScD, Terri E. Weaver, PhD, RN, FAAN, Jennifer Pinto-Martin, PhD, MPH

“The prevalence estimate of 45% for mild sleep disturbances in the typically developing cohort highlights pediatric sleep debt as a public health problem of concern. The prevalence estimate of 66% for moderate sleep disturbances in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) cohort underscores the significant sleep problems that the families of these children face. The predominant sleep disorders in the ASD cohort were behavioral insomnia sleep-onset type and insomnia due to Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD).

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