How we finally got our child with #Autism to fall asleep in his own bed

Here’s a little story an eight year old with , who was unable to fall asleep in his own bed at night. 

This little boys name is Emmett and this has been a long standing issue. 

He’s had some really bad nightmares while in his bed. Based on a very common trait with people on the spectrum called generalization, Emmett now believes that he will always have nightmares when he falls asleep.  

We’ve tried all kinds of things:

  1. New beds
  2. New mattresses 
  3. Night lights 
  4. Flashlights
  5. Things that project very peaceful light shows onto the ceiling
  6. Magic spray
  7. Leaving a calming show on repeat on their TV
  8. Diffusers with essential oils 
  9. Music
  10. Door open and door closed

These are just a few things off the top of my head that we tried. Nothing helped or at least didn’t help more than a few times. We know he doesn’t like the dark so our attempts usually centered around illuminating the room in some fashion. 

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fbhmom2two
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I remember well the feeling of having our bed to ourselves that first night … and how excited but scared our son was when he realized he’d slept in a different bed. Glad for you to have had a chance to start the ball rolling for him!

Rob Gorski
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Thanks. I think we’ve hit a hiccup but we’ll work through it..

BJW
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He may feel comforted with having something from your room, something that reminds him of mom and . Hope he keeps sleeping in his own bed.

BJW
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He may feel comforted with having something from your room, something that reminds him of mom and . Hope he keeps sleeping in his own bed.

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