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Successful Eating, Sleeping and Toileting with Autism Spectrum Disorder
By Sentinel News Service
Published September 10, 2009

Successful Eating, Sleeping and Toileting with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Conquering the “big three” makes lives so much easier!  Dr. Ronald Leaf, a renowned expert in the field of autism, will discuss practical strategies to help resolve the challenges of eating, sleeping and toileting and help bring harmony back to the home.

Sleeping: Sleep is critical for both adults and children. Without restful sleep, a child’s ability to learn is greatly hampered. It is common that parents endure hours of patience, frustration and anger before their child climbs into bed each night. Useful and realistic tools will be provided to help both child and parent get the sleep necessary to be productive and happy.

Toileting: Children with Developmental Disabilities often pose a unique challenge when it comes to toileting. Problems of resistance and developing rituals can be perplexing and frustrating for both children and parents. Dr. Leaf will discuss methods and strategies to help achieve the toileting goal and thus provide more opportunities for social integration.

Eating: It is not uncommon for an autistic child to only eat certain foods.  It is a concern for multiple reasons. Most notably, a restricted diet may pose health risks. Other difficulties include behavior problems associated with eating. Dr. Leaf will discuss different techniques which will allow parents and children to once again enjoy mealtime.

The event will be held Wednesday, September 16,  from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., $90/person $75 for parents (lunch provided). Autism Partnership, 200 Marina Drive, Seal Beach CA 90740.

Parents may request funding for workshop registration throughthe Regional Center (service code 102, vendorization #PM0382). Questions can be directed to or 1-800-816-9293, press “0” or visit

Dr. Ronald Leaf is licensed psychologist who has over 35 years of experience in the field of autism. He earned both his Bachelor’s and Doctoral degrees at UCLA, working closely with Ivar Lovaas. Dr. Leaf was extensively involved in many of the Young Autism Project research investigations, contributed to “The ME Book” and is coauthor of “The ME Book” Videotapes, “A Work in Progress”, “It’s Time for School” and “It Has to be Said.” He has consulted nationally and internationally to families, school districts, day programs and residential treatment facilities. Besides co-directing Autism Partnership, Dr. Leaf is also the Executive Director of Behavior Therapy and Learning Center, a mental health agency providing treatment consultation and related services to parents, program staff and school personnel.

For more information or to book an interview with Dr. Ronald Leaf, please contact Audrey Scolny at S3 973-257-5533 or email:

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