Behavioral treatments for sleep problems in autism: Empirically supported or just universally accepted?

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Abstract

With health maintenance organizations and insurance companies requiring proof of treatment efficacy, clinicians must determine whether research supports commonly used treatment methods. To determine the effectiveness of applied behavior analysis (ABA) for treating sleep problems in children with autism, a computer search of all relevant literature was conducted. The resulting articles revealed four basic themes of behavioral techniques for treating sleep disorders for children with autism: bedtime routines, extinction, stimulus fading, and faded bedtimes. Research on each technique was evaluated based on the Chambless criteria of treatment efficacy (Chambless and Hollon, 1998; Lonigan, Elbert, and Johnson, 1998). Of the ABA methods, only research on extinction provided sufficient evidence for a possibly efficacious intervention for sleep problems in children with autism. However, the lack of available research indicates significantly more research must be conducted before endorsing other ABA methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-278
Number of pages14
JournalBehavioral Interventions
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 5 2001

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Autistic Disorder
Sleep
Research
Therapeutics
Health Maintenance Organizations
Insurance
Behavior Analysis
Autism
Extinction
Treatment Efficacy
Applied Behavior Analysis
Psychological Extinction

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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