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It is about time parents had some help with one of the most troublesome challenges of raising a special child. . . -- The Family Connection

Sleep Better! Provides a copious variety of pertinent and empirically validated interventions to help parents... --JASH 1999

About the Author

Dr. Durand received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has contributed research in the area of self-injurious and disruptive behavior in people with severe disabilities, including autism. He has lectured nationally and internationally and has various journals, including the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and the Journal of The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps. Dr. Durand's best-selling book Severe Behavior Problems: A Functional Communication Training Approach (Guilford Press, 1990) outlines the treatments of problem behaviors using communication. He was honored in 1991 with an Excellence in Teaching Award from the State University of New York at Albany for his undergraduate and graduaate teaching efforts. Dr. Durand also has co-authored two textbooks with Dr. David Barlow on abnormal psychology. In addition to his other interests, Dr. Durand has spent the past decade working with families and conducting research on sleep problems in children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Paul H Brookes Pub Co; 1 edition (October 31, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557663157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557663153
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,518,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As far as I know, Durand's book is completely unique - there are no other books specifically on coping with sleep problems in children with special needs, even though they are unusually prone to developing sleep problems (which are also not always susceptible to the methods designed for "normal" children).
Durand's advice is built on a solid foundation of research, but written clearly and without jargon. He's also not out to "sell" a particular method or program as the cure-all: he describes a number of different methods, giving the pros and cons of each, so that parents can make an informed decision about what is likely to work with their child.
Incidentally, the information in the book might also help an adult (disabled or non-disabled) sort out any sleep problems of theirs as a free bonus.
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we had been struggling for a couple of years with our daughter's sleep issues and read and implemented some other books and suggestions early on. this book seems to have finally lead us to the solutions. it caught our interest because of the 'special needs' in the title. we were able to pick two of the recommendations and alternate them, depending on the situation. unfortunately, her issues are re-occuring, but we now know we can work through them and that is a tremendous weight off of our shoulders! we have shared the information about this book with our autism doc, too, hoping he passes the title along to other struggling parents!
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With a special needs child there really are no handbooks etc given to us parents as each child is different, however this book should be mandatory reading for all parents regardless of needs. It is brilliant-logical when you read it but when a psychologist has had personal experience of sleep problems with his own child you do tend to listen more to what is being said!
Definitely well worth investing in a copy and it is a good read as well.
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At the recommendation of my son's therapist, I bought this book. It's easy to read, explains the in's and out's and why's of sleep problems. It's been a great help with not only my special needs child, but my other children as well!
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