Sleep Difficulties and Autism- Facebook Live with Cara Koscinski

by Cara Koscinski MOT, OTR/L

Sleep and Autism- Cara discusses the issue of sleep and how to help your child sleep better.

2:18 Poor sleep impairs our physical and psychological well being.

2:34 Sensory system issues affect sleep.

3:50 Transitioning to sleep from a busy day is difficult.

4:31 Start a sleep routine about an hour before bed.

5:00 Visual schedules are helpful (PECS).

6:40 Take pictures of your child doing bedtime routine activities.

7:30 has pre-made visuals.

8:00 Set the example for your child by having a bedtime routine.

9:00 Help your child relax with calming techniques.

10:00 Weighted blankets can help your child relax.

10:50 Linear swinging and rocking can be relaxing.

12:10 Talk to your child's doctor about melatonin.

13:40 Check out our article on Sleep and Melatonin here.

15:50 Light from video games cause wakefulness.

17:20 Choose colors, scents, and sounds that are calming.

20:00 Spa-like environment for you child.


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Cara Koscinski MOT, OTR/L
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Pediatric occupational therapist, Cara Koscinski, MOT, OTR/L, author of The Pocket Occupational Therapist Book Series, is a veteran clinician of 20+ years specializing in Sensory Processing Disorder, reflex integration, trauma informed care, and autism. She obtained her Master of Occupational Therapy degree in 1997 from Duquesne University. In addition to her longstanding work as a private practice OT, Cara is a successful entrepreneur, having started two companies. Her products can be found in special needs catalogues and websites across the US and UK. Cara’s latest venture is The Pocket Occupational Therapist Book Series. As an author, Cara brings her expertise as a pediatric occupational therapist and mother of two children with autism to parents, caregivers, families, and educators in an easy-to-read, easy-to-follow format. All five books are available at The Pocket Occupational Therapist website at and on Amazon.

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