Sleep is remaining elusive for us. Our supervising psychologist has us writing a sleep log. We removed Alanna's toddler bed and replaced it with a form mat on the floor. Last night she was up at 4:30am and did not return to sleep. The night before, she was up from 2:30am to 5:00am, bouncing and screaming on her bed, and ditto the night before.
Tyler's room is beside hers. I don't know how he sleeps through it. I do know, however, that everyone, including Alanna, is in a fantastic mood when she sleeps through the night. Tyler is happier and so are we. Alanna is taking 9mg of melatonin at night (two doses, one given only if she wakes), plus she is on the swing to put her down at night. The next most unhappy step will be to visit the doctor and put her on a sedative, but I really, really, really want to avoid that. The girl is two years old and I don't want to drug her unless we get desperate.
We will be trying to adjust her sleep routine with music and calming lights on her walls; I am hoping this helps. For those parents with kids with autism or intellectual disability, I know this is a common problem. I have read countless pleas for help on-line and some kids just do not sleep. So here's a plea... help.