Sleeping concerns with SPD

by Dianne
(north carolina)

My four year old grandaughter with newly diagnosed SPD wants to constantly have a small toy in her hand ( one that she can flap) It takes her hours some nights to fall asleep. Are we making matters worse if she is allowed to take the toy to bed with her which she wants to do ? It seems to soothe her.


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Dec 27, 2011
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Weighted blanket for sleep
by: Jen

My daughter also has SPD and uses melatonin. It has worked wonderfully but since we live in the south she felt too hot under numerous blankets. She now uses a weighted blanket (from thesensorygallery.com ) and is a very happy sleeper. Her new blanket is heavy but not too warm for her.

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Yes game in bed
by: Anonymous

I think it's useful to allow the child to bring his game in bed.La feel more peaceful. I see no reason to prohibit it. My experience is that children with SPD have excessive anxiety and foster peace of mind is helpful.Regards

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do what works
by: Elizabeth

My son (has SPD sensory seeking) always had sleep issues. Had to have car with him at all times to sleep when he was toddler and now he has to be on me (touching me) or have a really soft lovey. But younger he fidgeted, kicked the wall, banged his head and took forever to sleep. We started him on Melatonin and it is wonderful. It relaxes him enough to get to sleep. it didn't SOLVE the problem, but it shortened the time immensely. He used to go hours and now the longest he stays awake is 2 hours and that is on a really bad day. Normally now he is asleep within 1/2 hour. But, it works better with a routine bed time which I didn't ever do with my first child, but he needs it. Routine, melatonin (1 ml) lots of blankets for pressure and he sleeps. I did stop the car in bed when he cognitively was old enough to understand toys don't go in bed and I let him pick a lovey (he currently has a bear). When he was little it was whatever works to get him to sleep. But when he understood the difference between toys and sleep, I stopped it because I have sleep issues too and you make them worse by not practicing less distractions in bedroom. I have nothing on walls, nothing in room, just quiet warm space. no stimulating pictures in the room.

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