Case study summary
The Children’s Sleep Charity developed an innovative programme to support the families of children with sleep issues who are on the autistic spectrum – the first of its kind in England.
Using their NHS England transforming care grant, they ran a series of ten workshops across Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire for both parents and care professionals.
The parents learnt practical behavioural strategies to support their children to get an improved night’s sleep.
The professional staff gained the skills and information to support families who have sleep issues, so they can intervene early and prevent more complex sleep difficulties arising – also making the programme sustainable. They were also able to gain continuing professional development (CPD) points for taking part.
The charity worked with a steering group of experts to develop the training materials, and to roll out the training to 56 parents and 75 practitioners.
Feedback from families showed that using a behavioural approach can have significant impact on improving sleep issues for children with autism, with all of the parents attending saying they had seen an improvement in their child’s sleep habits as a result of attending the workshop. 91% of the care professionals who attended said that the course was ‘very useful.’
Vicki Dawson, www.thechildrenssleepcharity.org.uk