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SleepAbility: Promote positive sleep practices in children/adolescents with development disabilities

Is this course suitable for you or your organisation?

This course is available

  • for Cerebral Palsy Alliance  employees only
  • for all Therapy Services staff.  Recommend EOI. Would advise attendance by Level 2 and Level 3 staff who are able to support others and provide leadership and support in this area of practice.
  • on the scheduled dates below

Why choose this course?

Sleep is considered essential to balance or maximise performance in the socio-cultural, daily and life span occupations.  Inadequate sleep in children and adolescents with developmental disabilities has been linked to increased daytime challenging behaviours, heightened sensitivity to sensory inputs, poor emotional regulation and increased family stress levels. Research has identified that sleep disturbance is highly prevalent and persistent among young people with developmental disabilities and professional intervention is needed. Sleep disturbance is considered a serious clinical concern that allied-health practitioners need to address when working with families.   

What content does the program cover?

The workshop will cover typical sleep, sleep disturbance, communication, sensory and behavioural strategies to address sleep disturbance, positive sleep practices, case studies, developing and monitoring a sleep plan, sleep research results and running sleep education sessions. A wide range of resources will be presented.

Practitioners who undertake training will be able to:

  • Understand the stages and cycles of sleep and need for sleep.
  • Interpret sleep diaries.
  • Appraise a sleep history.
  • Identify possible sleep disturbance.
  • Recognise indicators for referral to specialised services.
  • Consider a child and family’s readiness to commence intervention to reduce sleep disturbance.
  • Review strategies to reduce sleep disturbance.
  • Develop a sleep plan based on communication, sensory and behavioural strategies.
  • Set sleep goals.
  • Monitor and adapt a sleep plan

Does the program have any prerequisites?


What is the cost?

There is no cost for this course.

How long is the course?

Duration: Two days

Time: Please see scheduled times or enquire below

BYO lunch

Where can I get more information?

Contact: The Training Alliance team
Email: training@cerebralpalsy.org.au
Phone: +61 2 9975 8715
Cancellation conditions apply

Presenter Information

Annie O’Connell, Occupational Therapist


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Course Dates

Please select your course date.

Start DateLocationCost
Wed 01 May 2019 at 9:00AM 2 classes Ryde Register