Sleep Patterns of Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Ryan D. Honomichl, Beth L. Goodlin-Jones, Melissa Burnham, Erika Gaylor, Thomas F. Anders

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Abstract

Data on sleep behavior were gathered on 100 children with pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), ages 2-11 years, using sleep diaries, the Children's Sleep Habits Questionnaire (CSHQ), and the Parenting Events Questionnaire. Two time periods were sampled to assess short-term stability of sleep-wake patterns. Before data collection, slightly more than half of the parents, when queried, reported a sleep problem in their child. Subsequent diary and CSHQ reports confirmed more fragmented sleep in those children who were described by their parents as having a sleep problem compared to those without a designated problem. Interestingly, regardless of parental perception of problematic sleep, all children with PDD exhibited longer sleep onset times and greater fragmentation of sleep than that reported for age-matched community norms. The results demonstrate that sleep problems identified by the parent, as well as fragmentation of sleep patterns obtained from sleep diary and CSHQ data, exist in a significant proportion of children with PDD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)553-561
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume32
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2002

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Behavior
  • Neurodevelopmental disorder
  • Night waking
  • Sleep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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    Honomichl, R. D., Goodlin-Jones, B. L., Burnham, M., Gaylor, E., & Anders, T. F. (2002). Sleep Patterns of Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 32(6), 553-561. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1021254914276