6 part series

Venue On-line
Member Price 125.00
Non-Member Price 250.00
Event Date 30 Apr 2020 12:25 - 30 Jun 2020 12:25

AOTI are excited to bring this webinar series to you on Sleep with Disability. 

Sleep disturbance is highly prevalent amongst children and adolescents with DD and can impact on their health, growth, and learning, and increase challenging behaviours. Research has clearly linked sleep disturbance in children to increased stress levels in families.

This series of 6 webinars for health and educational professionals, facilitated by Annie O’Connell OT, has evolved from clinical experience, research, training participants’ feedback, and Churchill Fellowship project work. 

Parent training as a sleep intervention is receiving increasing attention where parents take on the role of co-clinician in planning and implementing the child’s intervention. The Sleep with Disabilities Webinar Series provides detailed information on how to develop a unique sleep plan with families with individualized goals, things to do during the day, night routine, combination of communication, sensory and behavioural strategies and reinforcement.

The modules in this series include:

  1. Sleep Education
  2. Prevalence & Types of Sleep Disturbances; Use of  Screening tools, Sleep Diary & Sleep Interview
  3. Preparation for a Sleep Plan; Establish a routine; Behavourial strategies Part A and Case Studies
  4. Behavioural strategies Part B; Communication Strategies Resources and Case Studies
  5. Sensory strategies - light therapy ; Positive Reinforcement; Goal setting:
  6. Selecting a Sleep Strategy; Monitoring Sleep Plans; Sleepwise Research; N=50 Case Studies

Aims of the training:

  • Understand the stages and cycles of sleep and need for sleep.
  • Interpret sleep diaries.
  • Appraise a sleep history.
  • Identify possible sleep disturbance.
  • Recognise indicators for referral to specialised services.
  • Consider a child and family’s readiness to commence intervention to reduce sleep disturbance.
  • Review strategies to reduce sleep disturbance.
  • Develop a sleep plan based on communication, sensory and behavioural strategies.
  • Set sleep goals.
  • Monitor and adapt a sleep plan

Please note: this training can be commenced at a time to suit you, and completed at your own pace, from the comfort of your own home/office. 

About the facilitator:

Annie O’Connell is an occupational therapist with over 30 years of experience in a variety of paediatric settings in Australia and overseas.

From 2003 to 2015 Annie was the Lead Practitioner for the ‘Sleepwise project’ addressing sleep disturbance in young people with developmental disabilities developed by Child and Youth Services, Disability Services in SA.



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  • Payment in full is taken at the time of application.
  • Payment of the fee does not guarantee you a place at this workshop.
  • Full payment must be received prior to the closing date in order to secure your place.
  • If the workshop is oversubscribed you will be provided with a full refund.
  • Successful applicants will be notified that they have a place at the workshop following the closing date.
  • Places are limited and members are advised to apply early to secure a place.
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