A collaborative approach to managing sleep problems
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A collaborative approach to managing sleep problems

Vicky Butterfield Behaviour nurse, Disabled children’s team, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Nicola McAdam Community nurse, Disabled children’s team, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Sheena Miller Senior lecturer in learning disability nursing, University of Huddersfield

Vicky Butterfield and colleagues discuss a sleep clinic designed to advise and support families of children with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour

The authors present an overview of a collaborative approach to managing sleep problems in children and young people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. In response to a local need for advice and support for parents of children and young people with learning disabilities, a community team developed a structured three-week sleep clinic. The team targeted a small group of parents and carers, and provided individualised sleep care plans. Parents evaluated the clinic positively, resulting in an ongoing sleep clinic programme, and the procedure has been shared with another team working with disabled children. Further evaluation could strengthen initial findings

Learning Disability Practice. 18, 8,22-27. doi: 10.7748/ldp.18.8.22.e1668

Correspondence

s.l.miller@hud.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-bind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 12 May 2015

Accepted: 10 August 2015