My 10 year old used to be really good about going to bed. We had a very rigid routine. It takes him a long time to do each bit but he didn't 8pm screen off, take inhaler, clean teeth. 8:20 I read to him, 8:30 my husband reads to him 8:40 he reads to himself and lights out at 9.
Over the last few weeks this has fallen apart. He wants to keeping chatting, spouting information about games or videos we are not interested in and refusing point blank to go to bed. He will escape downstairs or go to our bed or try giving us extra hugs or kisses to stop us leaving.
Every night seems to be less reading and later lights out and settling down.
Any suggestions on how to get back on track?
Hello Raindrops on roses,
We have a page on the NAS website about Sleep and Autism. Hopefully it will give you ideas on how to get your son back to his usual sleep routine.
All the best,
My son used to be good but as he got older he needed less sleep than my other children. We stopped pushing him to lay down as he needed to pace around his room to process the day. He learnt that he could stay up but had to be quiet in his room. Don't put yourself under pressure. Do what feels right for you.
A bit generic, but maybe putting a boundary on the screen time, no games and devices beyonf certaun time, so he will have enough time to settle down.Maybe going for a nice walk after dinner ?