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Need help with your child’s sleep?

Friday 10th July 2020

A child that doesn't sleep well affects the whole family. Many parents say they feel caught in a vicious cycle struggling to cope, and it's no surprise when you look at the research - 86% of children with additional needs have issues with sleep.

In addition, the disrupted routines many families are currently experiencing as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, may have compounded sleep issues. So if you're experiences difficulties, you're not alone.

Strategies to help

There are many different strategies and approaches to helping children sleep. Some standard approaches help children get a good night's rest include establishing  a bedtime routine, for example bath, pyjamas, story then bed, or avoiding TV and computers or hand-held devices an hour before bed time, because they stimulate the brain. However, there can be complex reasons why disabled children don't sleep well, and you might find you need more bespoke help, depending on the nature of your child's medical condition or disability.

Join our Facebook Q&A next Thursday 16 July, 2-4pm

That's why we're inviting you to ask our family support advisers your questions about any issue related to sleep at a special Facebook Q&A session on our Facebook page on Thursday16 July between 2-4pm. Join us to get practical information and support, for example:

  • How to make your child's bedroom a relaxing place
  • Creating a bedtime routine
  • Settling to sleep or (dealing with?) night waking

Can't make Thursday?

Take a look at our programme of virtual, popular and free parent workshops. Topics include: Managing your child's sleep, Money matters, Encouraging Positive Behaviour and Wellbeing for you.

Our 'Listening Ear' service provides free 1-1 support for parents via a telephone appointment with one of our family support advisers, at a time that suits you to help with emotional support, strategies for reducing your child's anxiety and challenging behaviour or help you with structuring the day. Check now for last minute availability.

Our parent guide Helping your child's sleep has practical information and support for parents - you can check how much sleep a child needs at each age, learn about the sleep cycle, common causes of sleep disturbance and much more.