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Sleep and your special needs child
Chitty, Antonia, author.
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London : Robert Hale, 2014.
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192 pages; 22 cm
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HQ759.913 .C45 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Parenting
HQ759.913 .C45 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Parenting
HQ759.913 .C45 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Parenting

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A highly successful behavioral and cognitive approach to sleep management for special needs children

Sleep is vital for children's health, mood, behavior, and learning ability. Research shows that children with additional needs are more likely to have sleep disorders than typically developing children, and that without intervention these problems will persist. Here, a successful sleep practitioner and a health writer share their own experiences, those of other sleep experts, and those of parents. While most parents of babies expect sleep problems to resolve within months, parents of children with special needs can find them lasting into adolescence and beyond. This is a pressing issue for parents, as disturbed sleep can cause depression, relationship problems, and a weakening of the immune system. The practical advice contained here is invaluable for parents who want to feel more in control and more confident about tackling sleep issues in a way that is appropriate for their child.

Author Notes

Victoria Dawson is both a sleep practitioner and highly trained special educational needs teacher. She is the founder of The Children's Sleep Charity and has written sleep-training materials for Scope. She writes in the national press and presents at conferences across the UK.
Antonia Chitty has been writing on health for more than fifteen years, and has done so for books, national charities and voluntary organizations. She has three children and lives with her husband, David, on the Sussex coast.

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Library Journal Review

Sleep training young children can sometimes be a downright war, but the benefits are worth the struggle. Special-needs children, however, are faced with additional difficulties, requiring different strategies from a parenting perspective. Sleep practitioner and special-needs educator Dawson here provides to those parents a thorough investigation of sleep issues and tools for creating a scheduled and relaxing bedtime. Beginning with describing the importance of sleep, the author makes a strong case for sleep training and supplies charts and graphs for tracking practices that might be leading to problems. She examines everything from daytime activities to the bedroom environment to foods that both promote and inhibit sleep. Children on medication, those with sleep disorders, such as apnea, and more common behaviors such as bed-wetting and sleepwalking all get due analysis. VERDICT Although this British import has the expected UK slant, parents with a special-needs child will appreciate this discovery. Included are many narratives that add to both understanding the topic and giving much-needed support. Recommended. (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
Chapter 1 The Importance of Sleepp. 9
Chapter 2 Sleep Difficultiesp. 26
Chapter 3 Other Sleep Problemsp. 45
Chapter 4 Daytime Activity and Sleepp. 62
Chapter 5 Bedtime Routinep. 82
Chapter 6 Sleep and the Bedroom Environmentp. 99
Chapter 7 Changing Bedtime Behaviourp. 117
Chapter 8 Promoting Relaxationp. 134
Chapter 9 Specific Additional Needsp. 149
Chapter 10 Planning Interventionp. 166
Resourcesp. 179
Endnotesp. 186
Indexp. 189