- The aim of the clinic is to provide support for additional support needs children throughout Scotland who have serious sleep problems. The clinics work by appointment only.
- A multi-professional team of workers who have been specially trained to work with sleep problems provide the service.
- Families are introduced to various techniques including behavioural modification, sleep history and sleep diaries. These are used to look at existing sleep problems and improve sleep patterns.
- Families are introduced to their staff team, who will arrange regular sessions at the clinic to monitor progress. The first session could take up to 1 ½ hours, further sessions will be 40–60 minutes and a home visit will be offered as part of the programme.
- It is not necessary to bring your child along to the sessions. The Counsellors will meet your child on the home visit.
- With the family's agreement, information may be forwarded to relevant professionals working with the child such as the GP, consultant, and head teacher.
- The aim of the treatment programme is to promote improved sleep patterns. Sleep Scotland may refuse treatment if it considers the programme inappropriate for any child or family. It also disclaims any responsibility for a failure to improve or any unforeseen circumstances.
If, during the course of the Sleep Counsellor's contact with your child and family, information becomes available which indicates that your child may be at risk of harm, this information will be passed onto the Director of Sleep Scotland and the local authority for their consideration.