School Absences and Fatigue

What you need to know


  • Children with an ASD should not have an abnormal amount of absences.


  • A child’s sleep cycle may be affected. This could cause hyperactivity or drowsiness at school.
  • Absences for doctor’s appointments should be anticipated
  • Fatigue not only affects children, but their caretakers as well.
  • Insomnia may be a present. Careful observation of sleep patterns and special attention to triggers of hyperactivity may provide helpful information in regulating sleep. 

What you can do

  • Provide a daily routine to promote regularity in awake and sleep cycles.
  • Consult a nutritionist in order to maximize nutritional intake to promote energy as well as inhibit it during inappropriate times.
  • Contact parents/school nurse/educators if changes are noted.
  •  Consult with the child's special education team at the start of the school year to set in place an agreement regarding excused absences. 
  • Encourage parents to carefully consider and schedule medical appointments around their child’s education whenever possible.