When kids don’t sleep, no one sleeps.
Parents of children with autism are especially sleep deprived because many of these children have circadian rhythm disorders that reverse days and nights.
The Bed Timeframe is the solution for many families.
Early testing has shown that this clock-like device helps train autistic children in as little as two weeks to sleep through the night.
Our Kickstarter campaign will fund the manufacture of 150 devices and a larger-scale test. The Timeframe is one of the only products designed specifically to improve the lives of people with autism.
A recent small-scale university study concluded that the TimeFrame appears to be a “low effort way to decrease night wakings and out-of-bed time after being put to sleep for a majority of families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder who tried it.”
Why you should care
A growing number of children are being diagnosed with autism, and there are very few products on the market designed specifically to help with their unique issues. Sleep is fundamental to a good quality of life. Autistic children who are fully rested are better able to cope with the world around them and reach their full potential. Even if you do not have an autistic child in your household, chances are you know an autistic child in your extended family, neighborhood, schools or community. You can help by making a contribution to our campaign and by spreading the word through your personal network. Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bedtimeframe/
How it works
The Timeframe intuitively conveys the passage of time through a progression of low red lights across an arc, much like ancient people followed the sun’s movement across the sky.
The Timeframe is a simple device that looks in the daytime like a picture in a frame. At night, the picture melts from view as the internal electronics display an arc of light which sweeps slowly from left to right, beginning at the child’s bedtime and ending at an optimal time decided by the parents. When the child begins to rouse in the middle of the night, he grasps immediately without conscious thought that the light progression has not yet ended and he should return to sleep.
The device is intentionally boring to avoid stimulating an autistic child or riveting his attention and triggering an obsessive interest that would cause him to become fully alert. The light arc is visually uninteresting, and the color is a dim red which studies have shown is least likely to interfere with melatonin levels and deep sleep.
The Timeframe remains silent even as it reaches the child’s wake time. Rather than issuing a jarring alarm that could cause an autistic child to start the day in an agitated state, the Timeframe becomes a dawn simulator to gently wake the child using blue light which has been shown to reduce melatonin, and boost attention, reaction times and mood.
The Timeframe takes into account the intelligence and extreme focus and determination of many autistic children. The settings for Timeframe’s sleep and wake times can be password protected so parents remain in control.
Dan Slage, an engineer, noticed two of his work colleagues showing up at the office bleary-eyed and cranky. Both were parents of autistic children who regularly woke up fully alert and ready to play in the middle of the night.
To help improve the lives of these families, Dan invented the Timeframe. Using the Timeframe in conjunction with standard behavioral modification techniques which had failed to work on their own, the children in less than two weeks began sleeping through the night.
The Timeframe incorporates the latest science on autism, sleep disorders, behavioral modification, time anxiety and the effect of light wavelength on sleep. The Timeframe offers parents an alternative to sleep-inducing drugs which carry the potential for unwanted side effects.
Why is the Bed Timeframe needed?
Standard behavior modification techniques intended to reset the body clock don’t work on many autistic children due to cognitive issues. Often, the children can’t read a clock.
Researchers believe 40-86% of children on the spectrum have sleep disorders, according to a study reported in Journal of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
Lack of sleep reduces the entire family’s ability to cope under their very difficult life circumstances.
The overall dangers of sleep deprivation are well known. Lack of sleep jeopardizes everyone’s physical health and mental wellbeing, ability to learn, and productivity and safety on the job. For children on the spectrum, sleep deprivation also appears to increase aggression, depression, hyperactivity, irritability, learning and cognitive performance and other behavioral issues.
The problem is great. The worldwide autistic population is growing, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control which estimates 1 in 68 American children has been diagnosed on the spectrum.
The existing treatment for autistic children who don’t sleep through the night is drugs, which is more Band-Aid than cure.
Many parents have had little choice but to resort to sleep-inducing medication. The drugs carry the potential for unwanted side effects and can diminish in effectiveness over time requiring ever larger doses.
The Bed Timeframe is an alternative low-effort, non-invasive, non-toxic way to decrease night wakings and out-of-bed time after being put to sleep for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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Dan Slage, our production manager and owner of a boutique business software solutions company, is an engineer, developer and business leader by day; inveterate tinkerer, problem-solver, cool toy maker by inclination.
Kelly Wheeler, our neurodiversity expert and administrator, left the corporate executive suite to better balance work and parenting a child on the autism spectrum, and now coaches and consults with professionals, students and families living with ADHD, ASD and other executive function challenges.
Barbara Liston, our business manager, enjoyed a front-row seat to history as a longtime journalist before turning her communications skills to other endeavours.
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