Daylight savings and kids with autism are a difficult combination in many households. The shift in time can mean adjustment that lasts several weeks.
For many people, “springing ahead” is an inconvenience, but the thousands of children with autism spectrum disorders have a great deal of difficulty, long term.
“The largest group of kids that have difficulties dealing with the time change are kids with autism,” said Dr. Deborah Lin-Dyken, a developmental behavioral pediatrician at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. “Kids with autism can be very rigid with routines and schedules.”
The problem arises because visual cues are often what children on the spectrum respond to. They go to sleep when it is dark and awaken with the sun rises. However, a shift in time changes this.