Sleep Training & Treatment
Sleep problems affect 25-40% of children and adolescents. Sleep impacts our children’s overall well-being, including their physical and emotional development, learning, and behavior. Not surprisingly, poor child sleep can negatively impact parent sleep and create a stressful environment at home around sleep and bedtime. Sleep problems in children can look very different and can include sleep onset difficulty, middle of the night wakings, nightmares, anxiety, phase delayed sleep, and enuresis. Though some of these sleep difficulties can be outgrown and improve spontaneously, most respond optimally when treated in a behavioral framework.
Rooted in behaviorism and classical conditioning, behavioral sleep medicine is a highly effective strategy in combating pediatric sleep disorders. Treatment is very short-term, problem-focused, and dedicated to supporting the family through the stress of reduced sleep.