Developmental disabilities (DD) encompass a wide range of disorders, many of which may be associated with an increased risk for sleep disorders, including insomnia, sleep disordered breathing, and sleep apnea. Sleep disorders can present a significant source of stressors for patients and caregivers and may exacerbate or contribute to cognitive and behavioral issues over time. The goal of this topic brief was to identify existing evidence (such as guidelines and research studies) for interventions aimed at treating sleep disorders in children or adults with DD (including individuals with intellectual disability).

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