Sleep Scotland now offers a two day sleep awareness course, which enables professionals to support families by giving advice on sleep hygiene. As sleep support workers, delegates who attend this course will be able to offer support to mainstream children while complex cases will need to be referred to a fully trained sleep counsellor.
The aims of the course are as follows:
to give participants a good knowledge of sleep hygiene and sleep processes.
to gain an introduction to the principles of cognitive behavioural management.
Cost: £250 (inc. VAT)
This course will be held on 11th & 12th November 2019 in Glasgow.
Our sister-organisation, Teens+, are holding a jumble sale on Sunday 9th June, 10am to 1pm, at their centre – 60 Ravenscroft Street, Edinburgh.
Teens+ (Transitional Education Extra Needs Support) is a unique
educational service for young people with complex communication needs,
autism; and its complexities, and behaviours that challenge services.
Our CEO, Jane Ansell, recently met with Mitchell from the British Deaf Association (BDA) to discuss strategies for getting a good night’s sleep. The whole interview can be found here – https://bda.org.uk/get-good-nights-sleep/
Our CEO, Jane Ansell, was invited on to BBC Radio Scotland on 26 February to discuss the sleep deprivation that can be experienced by parents. Speaking to Kaye Adams, she described how Sleep Scotland has supported families and responded to a parent about her child’s sleep issues. You can listen to the radio clip below.
Recently, we have had a number of enquiries regarding advice we give on night-time feeding for babies over the age of 6 months and would like to clarify our position.
Nutritionally, babies over 6 months do not normally need to be fed during the night, as long as they are feeding well during the day. This advice is in line with NHS guidance. Getting babies used to a distinct day time routine, which may include breast feeding as well as introducing solids, and night time routine with fewer or no feedings, at this age can help support good sleep practices as they get older.
However, many parents choose to continue to provide breast feeding during the night after 6 months, and this is entirely their choice. Sleep Scotland feels strongly that it is a parent’s right to choose, and we acknowledge the huge emotional benefits of breastfeeding to both mother and child. Any advice we give is entirely to support those parents struggling with a sleepless child.