Hope I'm posting in the right place. Ds9 is currently waiting for paediatric appointment following on from concerns from school nurse that he is on the spectrum. We've been waiting a year now and think we are looking at appointed sometime in November. I won't go into all his issues but the main one is sleep, it takes him hours to fall asleep and every little noise makes him shout out asking me what it is etc.. It's normally gone 11pm before he finally falls asleep. He's just so anxious about every noise, he's convinced it's burglars, Am best just to hang on for appointment or should go to GP to see if there's anything they can do in the meantime.
It's worth trying anxiety and sleep techniques before melatonin. Cerebra have a fab sleep service. Dawn Huebner's CBT workbooks 'What to do when you dread your bed' and 'What to do when you worry too much' might be worth a shot. I would also try either a fan or white noise machine to help block noises.
Thank you. Will ring them d will also look into the sleep service. He's already done the worry book with the school nurse and things did calm down (he still didn't go to sleep though) but the anxiety seems to have come back
The worry book isn't just a 'do the book' and that's it though, you have to do it with him and follow it through together. A lot of what we have to do as parents is constant supporting and use of the strategies and techniques until, hopefully, our children can use them more independently. There's no quick fix.
Polter thank you so much been looking at the Cerebra website and it seems really helpful. I've downloaded a couple of their pdf files which I will read through now and also filled in the sleep form. We did keep using the book but he calmed down a lot so it kind of went by the way side, so I understand what you mean, I shouldn't have just left it,