The Sleep with Disability Webinar Series (N=6) is aimed for the allied health and educational professionals working in the home and local community with families of children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and sleep disturbance. The webinars are intended to provide information as presented in the two day training for allied health and educational professionals conducted by Annie O’Connell MAppSC (OT) since 2005. The training has evolved from clinical experience, training participants’ feedback, an overseas Churchill Fellowship and research.
Parent training as a sleep intervention is receiving increasing attention where parents take on the role of co-clinician in planning and implementing the child’s intervention (1,2,3). The Sleep with Disabilities Webinar Series provides detailed information on how to develop an unique sleep plan with families with individualized goals, things to do during the day, night routine, combination of communication, sensory and behavioural strategies and reinforcement. Children who present with medically related sleep issues require referral to an appropriate medical health professional.