We all need sleep ...
From infancy to adulthood, sleep continues to be the foundation to overall physical and psychological health. Sleep contributes to learning, memory, immune function and so much more.
Sleep training can seem like a daunting task! And the term is used in so many ways, it’s hard to know what it means and which route is the “right” one to take. When you work with me, sleep training isn’t cookie cutter or a one-stop solution. And it might be hard, because if you’re fixing your child’s sleep, chances are you’re pretty tired yourself. Adding neurodivergence into the mix, you’ll need understanding and solutions beyond what traditional sleep training has to offer.
My job is to help you navigate all of the information and find a solution that is grounded in data, research, and your values. There is so much fear-based information out there when it comes to sleep training, it can be so hard do what is right for you and your family!
Sleep training is about education, a plan that is unique to you and direct support to help you sleep again.
We all have a sleep story, I am no exception! I learned what sleep deprivation can do after my second child. Navigating post-partum anxiety (PPA), addressing sleep was a huge piece of recovery for me. I likely had PPA after my first child but he slept well, so I did too. Lack of sleep exacerbated my anxiety, it was humbling and tackling my own sleep became a priority. But to do that, I have to figure out why my son wasn’t sleeping well – he was my first sleep case!
If we are not sleeping well as parents, it has a direct impact on our ability to model all of those wonderful regulation skills we want our children to learn (most of the time!). We can show up with a full bucket when we sleep better. I learned more about sleep itself and how to use my knowledge of behavior analysis so I could help other parents. I know first hand how hard it is to get started – I’m here, you are not alone.
Sleep is the single most effective thing we can do to reset our brain and body health each day.
Matthew Walker, PhD
When someone in your family can’t sleep, no one can.
This also means you, as their parents, are not sleeping either.
Healthier sleep is possible – even if may not seem like it or you’re being told it can’t be done without medication. Sleep itself is a biological process, but learning to fall asleep is like any other life skill… It can be taught.
Sleep issue might include:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Not sleeping enough
- Waking up in the middle of the night
- Unable to fall asleep independently
- Disruptive bedtime routine or night waking
Treatment plans are uniquely designed for you so, they can vary in intensity and need. Families are encouraged to reach out to discuss specific options.
- We get to know each other in a free discover call where I can learn more about your needs, and you can ask any questions about my approach to sleep to see if we are a good fit.
- We schedule a sleep assessment where we talk about your sleep problems, review your sleep diary and identify the “why”, the root cause. We’ll talk about sleep history, what you’ve tried, daily routines and other variables that will help me understand your sleep story.
- We’ll review a draft of a sleep plan together; you will get a written draft and we’ll talk about recommendations and choices that work for you.
- Once we have a plan, we practice! We will role play and talk through scenarios so you have the tools you need to be successful.
- When you start to change habits, we will be right there with you to help problem solve and give you the support and encouragement you need to sleep better.
Packages may vary based on complexity of sleep issues and a multi-disciplinary approach may be recommended. A discovery call will help us guide you towards the level of support that will best address your sleep issues.
one time consultation to review your sleep diary and assess sleep hygiene. This option is not suitable for complex sleep issues.
Condensed Sleep Plan
review of your sleep diary, written plan with follow up to check in.
Comprehensive Sleep Plan
sleep assessment, written plan and personalized implementation support. This option is for more complex sleep issues.
Sleep, Autism & Neurodivergence
Looking back on the families I’ve supported over the years, the majority of children had sleep issues that I wasn’t equipped to treat. Tackling sleep wasn’t a priority in my early practice and that is a huge regret of mine. I wish I had the tools and knowledge at that time because so many kids and families would have benefited from better sleep.
I often hear from families that they’ve been told their neurodivergent children will “just never sleep” – and this is so disheartening because it isn’t true! It might take longer, it might mean a bit more problem solving and team work is key – but your child can sleep better.