Research and analysis

Managing behaviour and sleep problems in disabled children: an investigation into the effectiveness and costs of parent-training interventions

This is an overview of findings from the second element of a project on behavioural interventions for a child's sleep or day-time behaviour.


Disabled children, and particularly those with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum conditions (ASC), are more likely to have problems with their sleep or behaviour than non-disabled children.

Sleep problems are common among all children but more common among disabled children. For these children sleep problems appear to be very persistent, and are not likely to disappear without intervention. Figures for children with severe learning disability are particularly high. A number of reasons have been suggested for the high prevalence of sleep problems in disabled children.