Sleep quality impacts performance on cognitive tasks in kids

EurekAlert reports on a new study from l’ Hôpital Rivière-des-Prairies, affiliated with the Universite de Montreal, which looked at sleep quality in both autistic and neurotypical children and how they subsequently performed on cognitive tasks, including the WISC.  The authors feels the findings are important in confirming the important role of sleep in promoting good cognitive functioning.  Given the large percentage of children, both ASD and neurotypical, thought to experience sleep problems, the need to understand the components of sleep hygiene is critical.  When was the last time you asked a child “Did you get a good night’s sleep last night?” before you began an assessment?

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