Step-In Autism Services holds new workshop for sleep deprived parents

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) A new workshop is being held by Step-In Autism Services entitled: Dreaming of Sleep: A Workshop for the Tired Parent.

A new workshop is being held by Step-In Autism Services entitled, Dreaming of Sleep: A Workshop for the Tired Parent. (Storyblocks enterprise)

Emily Ice, the co-owner of Step-In Autism Services with Linda Robertson will be presenting on behavior-based approaches to healthy sleep.

"I look at sleep as a skill deficit. So for an individual to sleep well they have to essentially learn to not engage in behavior when they are tired," said Emily Ice.

Ice says that these tips and techniques apply to everyone. During the workshop, Ice will be analyzing both the routines of the parents and their children. She will track if they have any sleep dependencies, sleep hygiene, sleep schedules and try to encourage self-care.
Ice says that adults should limit their intake of caffeine within 6 hours of sleeping, that they should make sure their bedrooms are a comfortable clean space and minimize distractions in order to make their beds only for sleeping.

"So making sure that the bed is a place to sleep and that trains your body that when you lay down in bed, you're supposed to go to sleep, it creates a contingency there for you," said Ice.

According to studies by US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, between 44 and 86 percent of children with autism have a serious problem with sleep. For those with or without autism, sleep is important for all daily functions.

"It dictates your energy level, it dictates how you handle stress, it dictates what you consume throughout the day so getting sleep is a vital component," Ice added,

Though the Dreaming of Sleep workshop has been completed October 30th, Step-In Autism Services is planning to have more workshops in the near future.

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