The purpose of the seminar was to disseminate the findings of recent sleep research including the use of both behavioural and medical interventions and to describe the practical implications for parents and professionals.
Key speakers included:
- Dr Andy Badshaw (University of Birmingham)- An introduction to sleep
- Prof Paul Gingras (Guys and St Thomas) – Sleep in children with neurodevelopmental disorders
- Lisa Fishwick (Parent) – The impact of having a child with sleep disturbances
- Moira Draper (Cerebra) – Cerebra sleep services
- Dr Luci Wiggs, (Oxford Brookes University)- Non-pharmacological approaches to sleep problems in children with neurodevelopmental disorders
- Sleep research at the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
We had a very good turnout, with 74 delegates attending on the day. The presentations were excellent and stimulated much dynamic discussion amongst the group. Delegates said the day provided ‘good variation of topics and good signposting to relevant services; definitely felt more empowered to deal with sleep issues’ and stressed how important it was to have a parents view of sleep problems and their approach to a solution.
Next time delegates would like a dedicated seminar addressing sensory processing, challenging behaviour and mental health in children with developmental disabilities and more parent stories, talking about what worked for them.