On Wednesday 28th June 2017 we held a one day conference on sleep disturbances in children with brain conditions to share developments in sleep research and look at how this new information will affect parents, carers and professionals.
The conference was full of useful information and a great chance for people to meet and discuss ideas. You can find out more about the talks below and download some of the presentations.
Session 1: Understanding Sleep
An Introduction to Sleep
Dr Andy Bagshaw who is a Reader in Imaging Neuroscience at the University of Birmingham gave a fascinating talk on what sleep is and why it so important.
Sleep and breathing in children with neurodevelopmental disorders
Dr Cathy Hill is an Associate Professor in Child Health at the University of Southampton and Honorary Consultant in Sleep Medicine at Southampton Children’s Hospital where she has built up a multi-disciplinary children’s sleep disorder service. Cathy’s talk gave an overview of the effect breathing difficulties during sleep can have on brain function and development, including data from her research in children with severe motor disorders and Down syndrome.
Session 2: Family and Support
The bedtime story of sleep deprivation
Leeann Stevenson is the mother of three children, including Lily who is 10 and has Smith-Magenis Syndrome (SMS), a condition that commonly features disrupted sleep patterns. Leeann’s talk was about the impact having a child with sleep disturbances has on family life.
Cerebra’s Sleep Services
Claire Varey, one of Cerebra’s Sleep Practitioner gave a presentation on the work of our Sleep Service and how it can help families with children who have difficulty sleeping.
Session 3: Current Sleep Research
Sleep, challenging behaviour and pain in neurodevelopmental disorders
Dr Caroline Richards who is leading Cerebra funded research at the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders – University of Birmingham gave a talk on the links between pain, challenging behaviour and sleep in children with neurodevelopmental disorders.
Sleep and cognition in neurodevelopmental disorders
Dr Anna Joyce is a Research Associate in Psychology at Coventry University. Anna’s talk described various sleep problems experienced by children with neurodevelopmental disorders and how sleep affects children’s cognition, illustrated with some of Anna’s recent work.
Active research at the Cerebra Centre
Georgie Agar is a PhD student at the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Birmgham. Georgie’s talk was all about the research being done at the Centre.
The conference also launched our new Sleep guide that the our Sleep Team, together with the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders – University of Birmingham, have developed to assist parents to manage their child’s sleep disturbance.
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