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I wonder if possibly its a sense of sleep security?
Have you considered looking at a weighted blanket as it may give a reassurance?
Possibly worth talking it through with an occupational therapist or trying to borrow one and spend money as it might not work.
An idea though?
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I will speak to them about the weighted blanket, although i have been led to believe that they are not designed to use over night as the has been a case where a child actually died from the weight of the blanket on his chest and it basically suffocated him. Worth a try for the initial falling to sleep though or for a few hours before bed, she does have a very strong startle reflex, similar to that of a newborn baby so maybe this might help reduce that as well.

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