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Table of Contents

  • About the Reproducible Forms
  • About the Author
  • Preface to the Revised Edition
  • Preface to the First Edition
  • Acknowledgments
  • I. The Nature of Sleep and Its Problems
  • 1. An Overview of Sleep
  • How Much Sleep Do We Need?
  • When Are Owls and Larks Not Birds?
  • What Is Sleep?
  • What Is Our Biological Clock?
  • How Does Our Temperature Affect Sleep?
  • Conclusion
  • 2. Sleep Problems
  • How Common Are Sleep Problems?
  • How Serious Are These Problems?
  • When Does Sleep Become a Problem?
  • Conclusion
  • II. Assessing Sleep Problems
  • 3. Identifying the Sleep Problem
  • Steps to Understanding the Problem
  • Sleep Diary
  • Behavior Log
  • Sleep Interview
  • Other Possible Causes
  • A Parent's Dilemma
  • Conclusion
  • 4. Identifying Obstacles to Successful Treatment
  • Interfering Thoughts
  • Conclusion
  • III. Strategies for Change
  • 5. An Optimistic Approach to Improving Sleep
  • Disputation
  • Distraction
  • Substitution
  • Conclusion
  • 6. Good Sleep Habits
  • The Good Sleep Habits Checklist
  • Bedtime Routines
  • Regular Sleep Times
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol and Tobacco
  • Sleep and Your Diet
  • Exercise, Activity, and Sleep
  • The Bed and the Bedroom
  • Conclusion
  • 7. Help for Bedtime Problems
  • Graduated Extinction
  • Bedtime Fading
  • Comparing Graduated Extinction and Bedtime Fading
  • Combining Plans with Medication
  • When Sleep Problems Rear Their Ugly Heads. Again
  • Begin at Bedtime
  • Conclusion
  • 8. Sleeping Through the Night
  • Causes of Night Waking
  • Waking without Disruption
  • Disruptive Night Waking
  • Conclusion
  • 9. Sleeping at the Wrong Times
  • Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome
  • Non-24 Hour Sleep-Wake Cycles
  • Napping and Poor Sleep Habits
  • Conclusion
  • 10. Nightmares, Sleep Terrors and Other Related Problems
  • Nightmares
  • Sleep Terrors
  • Sleep Walking and Sleep Talking
  • Sleep Eating
  • Conclusion
  • 11. Excessive Sleepiness
  • Hypersomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Breathing Problems
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Movement-Related Sleep Problems
  • Conclusion
  • 12. Other Nighttime Difficulties
  • Bed-wetting
  • Problems with Anxiety
  • Problems with Depression
  • Sleep-Related Headaches
  • Nighttime Tooth-Grinding
  • Conclusion
  • 13. Daytime Behavior Problems
  • Why Do Children Have Behavior Problems?
  • The Seven ""C's"" for Changing Behavior
  • Conclusion: A Caution About Behavior Problems
  • 14. Sleep and Medications
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Antihistamines
  • Other Sleep-Inducing Medications
  • Antidepressants
  • Promoting Wakefulness
  • Conclusion: What Do You Recommend?
  • 15. Preventing Sleep Problems
  • Developmental Changes in Sleep
  • Prevention Strategies
  • Conclusion: The Beginning of Better Nights and Better Days
  • A. Support Groups and Associations
  • B. Internet Sleep Resources
  • C. Accredited Sleep Disorders Centers
  • D. Thoughts Quiz
  • E. Self-Talk Journal
  • F. Sleep Diary
  • G. Behavior Log
  • H. Albany Sleep Problems Scale (ASPS)
  • Index

About the Author

V. Mark Durand, Ph.D., is known worldwide as an authority in the area of autism spectrum disorders. He is a professor of psychology at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where he was the founding Dean of Arts & Sciences and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Dr. Durand is a fellow of the American Psychological Association. He has received more than $4 million in federal funding since the beginning of his career to study the nature, assessment, and treatment of behaviour problems in children with autism spectrum disorders. Before moving to Florida, he served in a variety of leadership positions at the University at Albany-State University of New York (SUNY-Albany), including Associate Director for Clinical Training for the doctoral psychology programme from 1987 to 1990, Chair of the Psychology Department from 1995 to 1998, and Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences from 2001 to 2002. There he established the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at SUNY-Albany. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees - all in psychology - at Stony Brook University.

Dr. Durand was awarded the University Award for Excellence in Teaching at SUNY-Albany in 1991 and in 2007 received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Dr. Durand is currently Co-editor of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, is a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the Autism Society of America, and is on the Board of Directors of the international Association of Positive Behavioral Support. He serves on a number of editorial boards, has reviewed for dozens of journals, and has more than 100 publications on functional communication, educational programming, and behaviour therapy. His books include several best-selling textbooks on abnormal psychology, Severe Behavior Problems: A Functional Communication Training Approach (Guilford Press, 1990), Sleep Better! A Guide to Improving Sleep for Children with Special Needs (Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 1998), and When Children Don't Sleep Well: Interventions for Pediatric Sleep Disorders, Therapist Guide (Oxford University Press, 2008). In his leisure time, he enjoys long-distance running and just completed his third marathon.


"Provides practical information on a variety of topics-from the basics of sleep and assessing sleep problems to strategies for change. It is welcomed by all who help children with special needs (and their parents) get the sleep they need to function at their best." - Beth Malow, Neurologist and Director, Sleep Disorders Division, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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