Sleeping Solutions For Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) & Autism 

1. Make sure bedroom is cool, dark and quiet

2. Exercise during the day

3. Avoid big meals before bedtime

4. Have a healthy bedtime routine

5. Same time for bed time each night

6. Listening to slow relaxing music or nature

7.White noise machine

8. Warm epsom salt bath

9. Don't drink soda or caffeine in the afternoon or before bed

10. Be consistent and don't give up! 

11. No TV or screen time after dinner

12. As much sunlight during the day as possible

13. Dimmed lights after dinner and try a sleep mask at bedtime

14. Calming activities after dinner

15. Diffuse essential oils

16. Set a wake up time

17. One stuffie or favorite toy before bed, too many is too over stimulating

18. Soft bed sheets

19. Comfortable pajamas

20. Room darkening shades

21. A lot of reassurance they are safe and you are close by

22. Don't dismiss bed time fears, always address them

23. Your kiddos focus should be relaxing not going to sleep

24. Avoid all stimulating activities at least 6 hours before bed time

25. Always prepare your kiddo it's soon bed time, have a countdown

26. Use visual schedules

27. Bed time routines should be 20-30 minutes

28. Avoid singing or rocking your child to sleep, because if she wakes in the middle of the night she may need you to sing or rock her back to sleep (they need to learn to self sooth)

30. When your child yells out for you always wait a few moments before answering and try to engage as less as possible

31. Every time your child comes out of the bedroom, gently put them back into bed and remind them it is bedtime

32. Tools to overcome fears (flashlight, spray bottle of "monster spray" or a stuffie to "protect" them)

33. Reward system sticker chart and praise all good bedtime behaviors

34. Explain to your kiddo why a good sleep pattern is healthy and important

35. Egg timers to help your kiddo visually see time, it also helps with routine

36. Weighted blanket

37. Turn on a fan

38. Brushing and deep pressure massage before bedtime

39. Tick Tock Turtle

40. Wrap your kiddo in a burrito

41. Avoid day time naps for older kiddos

42. Food that contains natural melatonin before bedtime 

How Many Hours of Sleep Do Kids Need?

All children are different and require a different amount of sleep but these are general guidelines from the National Sleep Foundation

1 to 2 months old: 10 1/2 to 18 hours per day

3 to 11 months old: 9 to 12 hours per day 

1 to 3 years old: 12 to 14 hours per day

3 to 5 years old: 11 to 13 hours per day

5 to 12 years old: 10 to 11 hours per day

12 to 18 years old: at least 8 1/2 hours per day

It is very common for children and adults who have Sensory Processing Disorder to have sleeping difficulties. If you have tried all of these ideas with your child and they are still having difficulties sleeping then I would suggest making a doctors appointment for a referral to have a sleep study done to receive the answers  as to why they are not sleeping properly because sleeping difficulties can be caused by so many different conditions.

Therapy Tools & Toys to Assist with Sleeping Difficulties

Having trouble with your sleep? We have placed the same powerful LED's from our best selling sleep aid lights in a new portable rechargeable stick anywhere modern design! Easy on the eyes with brightness adjustment in an all new glare free indirect light form factor. With powerful built in magnets and mounting plate included, stick it anywhere in your house and  also easy to take on the go.
Night time Motion Activated, Stick Anywhere Magnetic Mount, Sleep Friendly Long Wavelength Light
No Glare Indirect Diffused Light, Easy on Eyes with Maximum Visibility
8 Built in LED's with Two Levels of Adjustable Brightness using the same High Output LED's as our Plug-in Lights
Auto - ON - OFF and Brightness Control Toggle Switch

Sensory Processing Disorder Weighted Blankets
Weighted blankets are a sensory tool that often Occupational Therapists recommend for children and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Anxiety and Autism Spectrum Disorders to assist with calming and sleep. The weight is intended to provide proprioceptive input to the brain, which has a calming and organizing effect on the central nervous system. Children with Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorders crave pressure.
Weighted blankets should be 10% of body weight plus 1 pound. If your child weighs 40 pounds then that would be 4 pounds plus 1 more pound to make a 5 pound weighted blanket. Please follow these guild lines for safety. 

SENSORY4U Weighted Puppy Dog Lap Blanket Pad for Kids 4 Lbs
ADORABLE Silky Soft, Minky Plush Fuzzy DOGGY Lap Friend for Children and Adults Alike!
SPECS, 17” x 22”, 4 lb REMOVABLE Glass Bead-Filled Pad with Hand WASHABLE Exterior!
Perfect SIZE and COMFORT for those with Sensory Disorders Such as Autism, SPD attention hyperactivity Disorder, prevent fidgeting and help with focus.

Special Supplies Sensory Bed Sheet for Kids Compression Alternative to Weighted Blankets | Breathable, Stretchy | Cool, Comfortable Sleeping Bedding
Relaxing Sleep Experience – A smart alternative to restrictive weighted blankets, these sensory sheets help keep you cool and comfortable all throughout the night.
Breathable, Stretchy Comfort – A soft, comforting blend of nylon and spandex, these stretchable twin-sized sheets offer firm, relaxing support for children of all ages.
Adjustable Compressive Support – Offering deep touch pressure these compression sheets for kids let you increase or decrease compression as your children grow. 

Octopus Watch Motion Edition is the first icon-based watch that empowers kids by teaching good habits and the concept of time, while also encouraging them to stay active with its new fitness tracker.
• It links time to events thru 2000+ icons*, making it the first clock that young kids can actually read and understand.
(*Additional icons and photo-to-icon tool available with an active Octopus Premium subscription)
It's a scheduler for children that fosters responsibility, independence and self-esteem.
It's an assistant that helps parents prioritize expectations and stay consistent with daily routines.
It's a fitness tracker that tracks physical activity and more.

Emagine A Better mornings for the whole family! The bedside companion that improves sleep and helps wake better through proven science. Deep sleepers wake up refreshed while providing sleep training for early risers. Tick Tock Turtle's simple light up pattern also teaches children of all ages how to tell time! 

My Sensory Tools. Soothes, warms and comforts. Use this gently scented cozy plush with relaxing lavender as a lap weight, cuddle up with him as you fall asleep or take him along wherever you go. Contains carefully selected organic flax seed filling material and dried french lavender. Enhance the lavender scent by warming in the microwave. Can be surface cleaned with a damp sponge. Approximate size: 13" tall and weighs approximately 2 lbs

City Threads Boys Thermal Underwear Set Long John, Soft Breathable Cotton Base Layer
High-quality thermal underwear with hip contrast stitching
Great for lounging and layering!
Perfect combination of warmth and breathability. 50/50 cotton/poly.
SAFE - made from safe dyes and materials that won't cause irritation or itching. Perfect for sensitive skins and kids with SPD.

Top-quality, locally-knitted, American-made fabric that washes well and is long-lasting 

By popular demand, the motion activated version of our best selling sleep aid night lights! In need of a night light that will provide visibility in the entire room yet be dim enough for a restful nights sleep? Look no further! The other night lights on the market just don't cut it. They either use blue light sources, are too dim, too bright, do not stay on long enough and the list goes on. See our blog post on how many night lights on the market may be keeping your family from getting enough sleep.
Night light stays on until no motion detected, daylight sensor turns off the night light when surrounding environment is lit

Calming Autism Sensory LED Light Projector Toy Relax Blue Night Music Projection
This product reproduce the sparkling sea and allows you to feel as immersed in the deep sea calm
Projects relaxing water waves on the ceiling for a soothing bedtime effect
With this lamp can achieve a sense for physical and mental relaxing effect
Relaxing multicolor LED mimic the movement of ocean waves

Health Touch Dog Huggable Massager
If you know student who needs a way to wind down after studying, send them this Health Touch Dog Huggable Massager. It makes an ideal gift for an overworked family member, a friend with special needs or a hospital patient who's a bit anxious. Even though it looks and feels just like a stuffed animal, when you hold the vibrating pooch around your neck, shoulders and back, it can help your sore muscles to relax. This Health Touch huggable massager doubles as an adorable companion puppy for adults and kids. You will find lots of use for this appliance whether you're at home, the office or on the go. It's battery operated for added convenience.

Say goodbye to sleepless nights with Munchkin's award-winning Lulla-Vibe Vibrating Mattress Pad for babies. The pad easily slips under a crib mattress or bassinet and creates gentle, soothing vibrations to help lull baby to sleep. The convenient portable design even allows you to soothe on the go. With the Lulla-Vibe Vibrating Mattress Pad, you and baby will have peaceful nights and sweet dreams.

Aroma Dough Therapy Dough – Calming Blend of Essential Oils – Gluten-Free
CALM BLEND – Our natural playdough is infused with a blend of premium, therapeutic grade essential oils to keep hands busy while soothing difficult emotions. Use anytime to encourage a positive state of mind.
Aroma play dough is a valuable tool to help build nerve connections within the brain by stimulating the neural pathways that process the five senses, in turn supporting motor skills development and cognitive growth. 

The Squeeze Aromatherapy Therapy Dough Lavender 100% Pure Essential Oils
No fake fragrance or petroleum products. Just 100% essential oils. Squeeze your stress away with this soft, calming dough containing all LAVENDER REAL ESSENTIAL OILS. No fragrance oils. Our special dough blend is infused with epsom salts, mediterranean sea salts and olive oil for a relaxing experience anywhere! Whether you're at the office, on a plane, in a car or by your bedside table, the squeeze is the perfect portable aromatherapy. It will quickly become your main squeeze in no time. Not for children 0-3 years. CONTAINS GLUTEN.
Will stay soft up to a year or more.
Made with natural products like olive oil, epsom salts and mediterranean sea salt.

Made in the USA 

LittleHippo Mella Ready to Rise Children's Trainer, Alarm Clock, Night Light and Sleep Sounds Machine
Can't keep your kid in bed? Let us help with that.
MELLA is the #1 most backed kid's clock and all-in-one Ready to Rise children's sleep trainer designed to keep your kid in bed longer. MELLA is a sleep trainer, alarm clock, sleep sounds machine, night light and nap timer rolled into one adorable package.
Studies show that children do not fully understand the concept of time until around 8 years old. MELLA uses colors and facial expressions to teach your kid when it's time for bed and when it's okay to wake up. With MELLA, your kid can learn to stay in bed longer, giving you more sleep!

Parenthood just got easier.

Letsfit White Noise Machine with Baby Night Light for Sleeping, 14 High Fidelity Sleep Machine
14 Soothing Sleep Soundtracks: Letsfit white noise machine has 3 white noise, 3 lullabies, 1 fan sound effect,2 clothes dryer and 5 relaxing natural sounds. A sleep sound rhythm that helps you drift off to sleep.
Soothes Fussy Infants: Our calming nature sounds are perfect for your baby's sleep routine to help them fall asleep faster and sleep longer. A Sleeping baby means more sleep for the whole family.

Warm Night-light: A function that is perfect for new mothers, this night-light emits just enough light for night nursery or change diaper without being so bright as to cause any disturbances. 

Harkla A clean, all-natural sleep supplement for sensitive children
Supports healthy, deep sleep
Easy to Chew, Kid-Friendly TableTs
Better mood from better sleep
All-natural. No sugar. no gluten
“These supplements are wonderful! Great positive effects.”
- Dr. Cara Koscinski, OTD, MOT, OTR/L
Families Loved the Results:
The time it took to fall asleep improved
The amounts children woke up at night decreased
Hours slept per night increased

Mood & behavior the next day improved

Kids Dream Bed Tent - Fantasy Space Adventure & Dinosaur Island & Unicorn & Winter Wonderland
Magical bed tent is made with high quality material that is extremely durable on day and night, creating a magical reading nook and the perfect reading environment for kids.
Twin bed dream tent is 220*80cm in size and is large enough for all twin beds, children can play together in it, provide a funny play house for kids.

This fantasy dream bed tents can help kids calm when taking a nap or sleeping at night, make baby fall asleep faster in a room alone, give them a secure space to sleep in.

Aromata Sweet Dreams Kids. Help Kids Unwind, Fall Asleep Easily and Sleep Better. Premixed, Kid-Ready Essential Oil Sleep aid. 100% Natural & Safe for Kids. Parent Tested, Kid Approved
Well-rested. Happy Kids! Help your kids calm down, fall asleep easily and get the deep, sound sleep they need to be energized the next day and ready to play, learn and thrive!
We measure and premix the essential oils and then dilute with the perfect amount of almond oil so it’s totally safe for kids (2 years and up) and hassle-free for you.
KIDS ONBOARD. Our kids' line of essential oils is parent tested and LOVED BY KIDS! Kids tell us each type feels great, smells fabulous and works.

Enjoy the convience of the easy-to-apply, roll on bottle, perfect sleep aid for kids at home or when traveling or on the go. Ideal for both bedtime and nap time!