Ultimate Guide to Sleep Positioning for Kids with Cerebral palsy

For your child with cerebral palsy, it might be difficult for them to find a comfortable position for sleep.  Many children do not yet have the motor abilities to roll to one side, move arms and legs well.  This can often lead to more wake ups at night due to soreness, discomfort, and pain. To […]

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?

Sleep Train or Potty Train?

When speaking to special needs families, this question of what to start with comes up a lot. “We’ve just gotten a potty training plan from our BCBA.” “We’re set to toilet train in a couple weeks. Should we wait to start a plan?” It is important to give your child to opportunity for independence with […]

ABA Therapy and Sleep

For any child with special needs, getting the treatments needed for development and health is crucial.  In order for them to have the best opportunities to thrive, parents like you are determined to get their child the services that they so desperately need. One common therapy many kids with autism receive is ABA, or Applied […]

Sleep and Auditory Sensitivity for Kids with Special Needs

For many children with special needs, being sensitive to sounds can be a problem when trying to sleep well. But, what does auditory sensitivity look like? Here are some common signs: If your child has any of the above issues (or most these issues), it’s no surprise that sleep is difficult! Your child’s brain is […]

The Best Time to Sleep Train Your Child with Special Needs

As you very well know, life can throw a lot of curve balls. When you have kids, it’s an endless ebb and flow of school, therapy sessions, camps, classes, extra curricular activities, and more! And, sometimes life throws a global pandemic in the mix which throws everyone into a loop. Thanks, life. I think there […]

5 Calming Bedtime Activities for Your Child with Special Needs

One of the most important steps to help your child with special needs sleep better is a consistent bedtime routine. This helps the brain and body wind down for sleep, and makes sleep predictable. For a child with special needs, having a consistent routine each nights helps them to calm down and relax after a […]

Foods to Avoid for Better Sleep

For many kids with special needs, a close look at the diet is important for a better nigh’s rest. The gut and brain are very closely connected. If something is in the digestive system that shouldn’t be there, it’s going to cause ripple effects (learn more here). But, diet is often not even considered when […]