Some babies learn to sleep well at a young age. Some take a little longer but eventually come around. And there are some children who, no matter what, can’t seem to get the sleep they need and continue to rely on their parents to help them get some zzzzs well past the infant stage.
Some children may have experienced loss or trauma that has had a negative impact on their sleep and some children have social experiences that can lead to stress and keep them from sleeping well.
Nightmares and night terrors can be really common for this age group, or even just fear of the dark.
Children of this age show their signs of over tiredness very differently from adults. When we, as adults, are tired we feel sleepy and slow down and want to go to bed. School age children become hyperactive and often look to have an abundance of energy. This is actually a very stressful state for your child’s body to be in and it will start to have a negative impact in many other areas of their lives.
Symptoms of over tiredness in school age children are almost identical to those of children with ADD or ADHD, where they struggle to concentrate in school and have a hard time focusing and staying on task. This can lead to a misdiagnosis and even wrongful medication.
It is never too early or too late to help your child get the healthy sleep they need to grow and thrive.
Three weeks is the minimum amount of time it takes to adjust to changes to your sleep. All child sleep packages start with a three-week support plan.
Child Sleep Package (6 – 12 years)
This package includes:
- A preliminary evaluation. This is a comprehensive questionnaire about your child’s sleep habits and routines that you’ll fill out prior to our meeting. (Having this information in advance helps us make the most of our time together.)
- A private, 90 minute consultation where we’ll discuss strategies, troubleshoot possible problems, and learn how to address bedtime, naptime, nightwakings, or any other specific issues you might be dealing with.
- A detailed, fully customized sleep plan that I will prepare for you after the conclusion of our meeting.
- Four follow-up telephone calls during the first week following the consultation. These follow-up calls typically last about 15 minutes, and we’ll use this time to deal with any setbacks you might be having or answer any general questions.
- One week of unlimited e-mail support. After your four follow-up telephone calls have been used, you still have an additional week of unlimited e-mail support. I’ll give you my private e-mail address, so that you can send me any questions that come up, and I’ll respond to your e-mails within one business day.