Autism, Parenting

The Screaming Child at 1 AM and NOTHING Seems to Help.

Sleep patterns for children with autism can change drastically as I am coming to learn.

My 3 year old isn’t exactly new to getting up in the middle of the night, but I can usually get him back to sleep. He wakes up for various reasons.

His asthma could be bothering him or he can just naturally wake up! Usually some soothing music, a back rub, and/or rocking in the recliner puts him right back to sleep.

This time that was NOT the case!

I gave him a breathing treatment for his tight, wheezy cough. However afterward (and even before) he was screaming and crying at the top of his lungs! It didn’t stop for at least 30-40 minuets.

I tried everything! I went to rub his back, but he wouldn’t let me touch him. I gave him his favorite blanket, that calmed him down for mere seconds. I tried calm music, he just screamed louder. I tried talking to him in a calm voice, reassuring him that everything is okay and that I’m here, it did nothing.

I felt so bad. It simply breaks my heart to hear him cry like that. Especially when he cant tell me what’s wrong (he is predominantly non- verbal) and I have zero clue how to fix it.

Eventually, he just calmed down, got up and went back to his room and laid down. He fell asleep shortly after. The whole ordeal lasted about an hour. I think that a weighted blanket will be beneficial for him. But when that doesn’t work what should I do? This was the first time that my usual methods didn’t work.

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