Sleep and the child with special needs.

We’ve discovered one benefit of gross motor activities.  It’s honestly a bit serendipitous. Gross motor sensory activities help kids learn better, and it seems they help Parker sleep better.   Even crashing out in mid-activity. Okay.  So maybe it works for any kid.   For us the issue of sleep and the child with special needs has been a tiring one, and I’m going to hold tight to any success I come by.

A child with down syndrome


We are still deep within the sick season here.  This means that Parker is spending his time at home and craves activities to get those gross motor muscles pumping.

If I could just figure out how to get a jungle gym set up in our basement, I’d have it made I think.

feet and oxygen tubing

We walk up and down the stairs a zillion times.  Slide on his indoor slide.  He runs around the basement and climbs on anything that will stand still long enough for him to scale it……including therapists and siblings.

Without enough gross motor activity, Parker will wake up, like clock work, at 3:30 a.m. and bounce around like a maniac until about 6:00 a.m. and then crash again, wanting to sleep in to around 11:00.   And that boys and girls is with a Clonidine  down his g-tube each night.

A little boy with Down syndrome

We’ve had a recent sleep study and so we know it isn’t anything so much medical as it is a typical Hodson boys need to get all their energy out.  Did you know that just one Hodson boy could light up the entire state of Utah?  Now if only we could figure out how to harness it we’d be rich.

Do your kids struggle from sleep issues?  How do you work with them……or better yet solve them?  How do you make sure your kids get enough activity in to be able to sleep an entire night? 



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