SW Psychology specialises in treating stress, anxiety, panic and associated conditions in children and adolescents. We also treat a variety of sleep-related concerns.
Sleep problems can manifest in a number of different ways. Some children develop poor sleep habits at a very young age, whereas other children may develop sleep problems following a significant change, during a particular developmental phase, during times of stress and anxiety, or simply following changes to their sleeping patterns after returning from a holiday. The longer sleep problems exist, the more entrenched they can become, and more difficult to shift and treat.
Children, adolescents and parents may seek assistance from SW Psychology with sleep problems such as:
- Difficulties with settling and sleep on-set (falling to sleep)
- Difficulties with staying asleep and night-time waking
- Difficulties with your child waking early
- Delay tactics and resistance to getting into bed
- Difficulties staying in bed after lights out
- Separation anxiety at night, and co-sleeping
- Night time worries and fears
- Difficult behaviours at night, including tantrums, melt downs, and refusing to go to bed
- Not getting enough sleep – for children and parents!
- Developing more effective sleep hygiene practices to increase quality and quantity of sleep
- Nightmares and night terrors
Sleep problems are most effectively treated when the underlying reasons for the problem are identified and addressed.
Common questions asked by parents when it comes to helping their child or adolescent settle down for a good nights sleep include:
- What kind of bedtime routine might suit my child?
- How do I deal with my child getting out of bed at night?
- How can I teach my child to self-settle?
- How do I determine how much sleep my child needs?
- How can we overcome my child’s negative attitude to sleep and bedtime?
- How can I stop my child from worrying about everything at night?
- How can we increase my child’s confidence in sleeping the night away from me?
- My child is not tired when it is bedtime, but I know he needs his sleep. How can I help him wind down more at night before bed?
- How can electronics impact my teen’s brain and sleep?
- What boundaries should I put around electronics at bedtime?
- Help – my teen wont get out of bed in the morning!
SW Psychology may utilise psychoeducation and individualised sleep plans to teach parents, children and adolescents about their brains, bodies, and sleep, as well as helping children and adolescents to develop strategies that work best for them in overcoming their sleep challenges.
If you would like to know more about SW Psychology’s Child Sleep Treatment, contact the clinic directly on (03) 9806 0623