Sleep with Disability Intervention for Individuals and Families

Research has shown that the best outcomes for a sleep intervention are gained through:

  • Sleep education with parents and carers.
  • Completion of a sleep diary.
  • A detailed sleep interview (often 1-2 hours) with a medical review if required.
  • Developing a unique sleep plan for your child, reflecting family preferences using a range of communication, sensory and behavioural approaches.
  • Ongoing review with changes to the sleep plans as needed.

Many children and teenagers’ sleep disturbances have occurred for a long time so changes in sleep may take several weeks or months. Depending on the child’s need, families may wish a more gradual plan especially when there are multiple sleep disturbances, complex medical conditions and/or severe anxiety.

While face to face meetings are preferred for the sleep education session and sleep interview (in home or community centre), the development and review of the sleep plan can occur via skype or telephone.

Common sleep difficulties include: