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Mother and a Child

Evidence-based Strategies to Help your Child Sleep

Evidence indicates that chronically-disrupted sleep in children and adolescents can lead to problems in cognitive functioning. Behavioural interventions for paediatric sleep problems have been shown to produce significant improvements (Moturi & Avis, 2010).

Common Paediatric Sleep Problems

  • Bedtime resistance

  • Unable to fall asleep at a regular time

  • Waking up in the middle of night and remaining awake for an extended period of time during the night

  • Early rising

Prior to intervention, families are asked to rule out any medical issues that may be contributing to sleep problems. Following medical consultation, intervention begins with an assessment of sleep problems. 

Intervention plans are individualized and are developed in conjunction with parents to ensure maintenance of acquired skills. The program is deigned to be administered by caregivers. Training and support is provided throughout the intervention. 

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