Managing sleep problems in children
Chris Catherall Service manager, Betsi Cadwaladar University Health Board in North Wales
Amanda Williams-Jones Community nursing sister, Betsi Cadwaladar University Health Board in North Wales
Chris Catherall and Amanda Williams-Jones present an overview of the multimodal approach used at a sleep clinic to help families settle into good night-time routines
Persistent sleep disturbance is common among children and young people with an intellectual impairment, but the issue has rarely been addressed. A child and adolescent learning disability service in north Wales uses five effective approaches for the assessment and management of sleep problems.
Improved education of health professionals in this area, the development of more dedicated sleep clinics and further research into the long-term effectiveness of these approaches are recommended.
Learning Disability Practice. 14, 6,14-19. doi: 10.7748/ldp2011.07.14.6.14.c8616