Caring for a disabled child who struggles to sleep? Support and information available.

Sleeping child

11 August 2020

Contact provide support, advice and information for families with disabled children. 

Contact are delivering a free webinar for families who are experiencing child sleep issues to explore ways of improving the situation on Thursday 13 August.

A child who does not sleep well can affect the whole family. Parents and carers can be left exhausted, unable to think clearly and struggling to cope with their daily activities. The child can be left feeling either tired or over-active, both signs of lack of sleep. Brothers and sisters are also affected, feeling tired at school and sometimes resentful towards the sibling disturbing their sleep. If this continues over a long period of time it can have an adverse effect on the health and wellbeing of all members of the family.

86% of children with additional needs have issues with sleep. So if you are experiencing difficulties you are not alone.

It is common for all young children to have sleep issues, but more common for disabled children and those with additional needs. 

If a child in your home is struggling to get a good night's sleep register for a place on the workshop- spaces are limited. 

Workshop- Thursday 13 August 2020 1-2pm 

The workshop will explore some of the issues around sleep and will look at ways of supporting your child. Raising awareness of the importance of sleep and the effect on the whole family.

Attendees will gain a better understanding of sleep processes, why sleep problems may occur and examining possible causes.

This workshop will enable discussion around what might help and where to get support.

If you do not manage to get a space on the workshop or cannot attend, fear not, Contact have produced a really helpful guide for parents and carers which you can download: