Q: Hi, I am a mother of a 5-year-old autistic kid. My kid has been facing the issue of difficulty falling asleep at night. This issue has affected his daytime functioning, in which he tends to be sleepy during lessons and his problem behaviours started to increase. May I know if there are any tips on this issue?
A: Children with autism may be more sensitive to stimuli such as sounds and lights. You may try to keep the sleeping environment quiet, cool and dark, as this may help them to relax. In addition, you may try to create a regular bedtime routine and do some relaxing activities with them before bedtime (e.g., listening to relaxing music or reading storybooks).