Dos and Don’ts of Daylight Savings for Special Needs Kids

For most parents (and sleep coaches), there’s a lot of dread around the one hour difference. It’ll mean earlier mornings, more bedtime protest, interrupted sleep…for a week or so. But for the special needs parent, it might mean weeks or a few months for things to reset…only to have another time change happen. Whether it’s […]

4 Things That Throw off Sleep During Summer

Sleep disturbances are very common in autistic children, and can significantly impact their overall well-being and daily functioning. This is especially true during the summer season. Summertime can disrupt sleep patterns, and exacerbate existing challenges. If your child has been struggling the last few weeks, there are 4 things that you want to be mindful […]

Does Autism Cause Sleep Problems?

6 Tips for Using a Sleep Training Clock

The sleep training clock is a tool that my team uses often when sleep training kids with special needs. When used correctly, a sleep training clock can be a very effective way to combat early mornings, and teach your child when it’s okay to start the day.  However, before you rush out and buy a […]

My Child With Autism Doesn’t Sleep – Help!

Whether your child with ASD has struggled to sleep for days, weeks, months…or years, it can feel overwhelming and frustrating as to why it’s just. not. happening. As a parent, you worry how your child can function on the few hours they’re getting. You may have asked your child’s doctors and therapists about their sleep […]

Sleep Struggles: Your Child with Trisomy 21

Many children with special needs have difficult sleeping well through the night. For a child with Trisomy 21, it is not uncommon for them to deal with a number of issues nightly: Difficulty falling asleep (takes a long time) Restlessness, lots of tossing and turning Wakes up frequently at night Needs help falling asleep Light […]

What’s Happening in the Brain While We Sleep?

Unraveling the mystery behind why we sleep Let me preface this by saying this — sleep science is still trying to figure out what exactly is going on. Sleep is by far one of the most mysterious things our bodies do and for decades researchers have been trying to get to the bottom of it. […]

Your Child’s Vision and Sleep

When it comes to improving a child’s sleep, especially for children with special needs, one thing that parents do need to look at carefully is their child’s vision. For some children, they may have blindness, limited vision, or can be incredible sensitive to light. Our brain is reliant on light and dark changes throughout the […]

The 3 Things for Increased Brain Power!

Each day, I receive Google Alerts about all the new and exciting things that are happening in the sleep research field. This study really stuck out to me not only as a sleep specialist, but also as a child brain developmentalist. A recent study was done by Lancet Child and Adolescent Health tracking the cognitive […]

Why Sleep Regressions Aren’t a Bad Thing

Nothing strikes fear in the heart of parents more than a sleep regression. No, I’m kidding, but it’s no fun to deal with for sure.  Baby wakes up more, spends longer stretches awake (read: up to several hours), and often it keeps parents up more than they really want to be.  They often happen around […]