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Treatment of Pediatric Sleep Difficulties in Children: What Mental Health Professionals Need to Know

The importance of pediatric sleep for mental health cannot be overstated. Sleep plays a crucial role in the development of young minds, affecting their alertness, attention, mood, resiliency, learning, memory, and emotional regulation. Research shows that children who get enough sleep tend to do better in school, be in better physical shape, and struggle less with depression, anxiety, or other mental health challenges. However, many children and adolescents suffer from sleep problems that interfere with their optimal functioning and well-being. Some common sleep problems include insomnia, nightmares, sleepwalking, snoring, restless legs syndrome, and sleep apnea. These problems can have various causes, such as stress, anxiety, medical conditions, environmental factors, or poor sleep hygiene. If left untreated, sleep problems can lead to serious consequences, such as impaired academic performance, increased risk of substance abuse, car accidents, sports injuries, and cardiovascular diseases.

It is essential for mental health professionals to be aware of the signs and symptoms of sleep problems in children and adolescents and to be able to provide effective behavioural interventions to help them sleep better. This webinar will address the behavioral treatment of difficult and disordered pediatric sleep. It will begin with Pediatric Sleep 101 before diving into how to complete a comprehensive clinical evaluation of pediatric sleep. Dr. Roth will provide guidelines around when external referrals should be made, including those to pediatricians and formal sleep studies. Finally, via a case example model, Dr. Roth will discuss general strategies to treat difficult and disordered sleep in children behaviorally. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand the basics of pediatric sleep 
  • Learn how to conduct a comprehensive sleep intake 
  • Generally know when to make external referrals 
  • Treatment guidelines for pediatric sleep issues 
  • Follow a case example model to learn how sleep disorder treatment works

Dr. Andrea Roth is the director of Thriving Minds Behavioral Health in Livonia, Michigan, where she specializes in treating children with anxiety, OCD, and Selective Mutism. Dr. Roth also runs the pediatric behavioral sleep treatment program. Additionally, Dr. Roth is a consultant to the Henry Ford Hospital Perinatal Sleep Health Institute. She graduated with her doctorate in school psychology/clinical child psychology from Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2014 before relocating to Michigan with her family in 2018. 

Those viewing the recorded webinar will still be eligible for continuing education credits. Earn 3 Continuing Education (CE) credits from the Canadian Psychological Association for attending this event.

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