my son is twelve years old and is mildly autistic. his sleep schedule is so bad that his others symptoms are getting worse, less eye contact, more clumsy, mumbles his words together, needing more hugs, very clingy but doesn't want to be touched. it has to be on HIS terms. the sleep problem started at the end of the school year. he was coming home from school and crashing because he was so tired. now that its summer, it has gotten even worse. even when he has a full day and gets up early he is still waking up at least three times through the night. our dog just died last week. the two of them grew up together. she was 12 as well. he is really struggling with this. i dont know what to do. he wont talk to either of us about it and when i bring it up he just starts to cry and walks out of the room. even though the sleep problem started back in may...his symptoms have gotten worse this past week. he seems to be more tuned out, in his own bubble, more than usual. its very hard to get his attention as well. i asked him if he wanted to talk to his social worker from school since i am good friends with her and still have contact through the summer but he said no. i am really worried. he seems so sad and lost. he isnt on any medications except meletonin which isnt working and the doc said try benedryl which also is not working. so what do i do? who do i take him to? how can i help him?
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