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Sleep in Children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

An Evidence-Based Guide

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  • Provides practical focus on sleep problems affecting children with specific neurodevelopmental conditions

  • Introduces sleep disorders in the context of special populations

  • Highlights unique and targeted treatment approaches in neurodevelopmental disabilities

  • Outlines current diagnosis and treatment clearly

  • Presents clinical pearls from experts in the field

  • Features case studies illustrating clinical approach

  • Challenges readers with future directions for the field

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About this book

This practical guide presents approaches to working with children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disabilities who have sleep problems.  Divided into four sections, the book begins with the impact of sleep problems in children with disabilities and the evaluation of sleep complaints. The next two sections cover the major categories of sleep disorders as they apply in children with disabilities, and specific neurodevelopmental disabilities with their characteristic sleep manifestations. The last section details options for treatment, which include behavioral and environmental strategies, occupational therapy, exercise, and medications. Chapters feature case studies that introduce and reinforce diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. Those engaged in the care of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and sleep problems will find this text to be an invaluable guide when assessing and treating sleep disorders.

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Table of contents (34 chapters)

  1. Introduction

  2. Sleep Disorders

  3. Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Editors and Affiliations

  • Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, USA

    Jennifer A. Accardo

About the editor

Jennifer A. Accardo, MD
Pediatrics and Neurology
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Richmond, VA USA

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Sleep in Children with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

  • Book Subtitle: An Evidence-Based Guide

  • Editors: Jennifer A. Accardo

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-98412-4Published: 03 January 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-98414-8Published: 13 December 2018

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVI, 391

  • Number of Illustrations: 14 b/w illustrations, 40 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Neurology, Pediatrics

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