Below is a collection of resources, products and technology that provide further information , advice and help with sleep issues. There are also details of websites that supply products you may wish to try, such as:
- Sensory products such as , night lights, blackout blinds and white noise devices
- Products to help with a routine such as charts, stickers and signs
- Things to help with your child's comfort such as clothes, beds and bedding
- Products to help monitor what’s going on in their sleep cycle such as sleep cycle and sleep diary apps, sensor mats and sound monitors.
The hard part is knowing what may or may not work before you spend your money on them.
We welcome your recommendations and comments on anything that you have tried. These can relate to things that have worked or things that have not been successful for you. You can email us or post on our Facebook page to share with other parents and carers.
The Simple Stuff Works Positioning System has been designed to offer a comfortable, hygienic and safe solution whilst helping people of all ages maintain a position that reduces the risk of body shape distortion.
Sleep Systems: Night-time positioning for children is vital in providing integrated posture management
Children spend roughly a third of their time in bed. Our Sleep Systems for Special Needs Children have been designed to enable your child to have a restful night’s sleep. To achieve this, we offer two varieties of sleep systems
Cerebra have a popular postal lending library of books on topics relating to neurological conditions, media (DVDs) and sensory equipment, such as fibre optics and the ever popular Sensory in a Suitcase, which contains a range of equipment to stimulate all the senses.
Anyone in the UK, (including NI), can borrow items from our library and it’s free to return them by using our freepost address for books or a courier service that we arrange for you for sensory equipment. You can borrow two books at a time and one sensory item for a month at a time.
This is a smartphone app which monitors sleep patterns and quality with the aim of finding the optimum time to wake the user in line with their personal sleep cycle pattern. However, the monitor can be used to see how your child is sleeping and when they are most likely to wake.
This is a website primarily for people who have sleep apnoea (spelt 'apnea' in some countries). The site provides support and the opportunity to buy comfort accessories and masks for CPAP, BIPAP or APAP treatment.
From bedtime tantrums to bedwetting, sleep problems can be one of the biggest sources of worry and frustration for parents of children with special needs. Help is here in this down-to-earth, nonjudgmental guide, packed with widely tested, easy-to-use techniques that work for all children, with and without disabilities.
Victoria (Vicki) Dawson is a successful sleep practitioner and founder of the Children's Sleep Charity. Here, together with health writer Antonia Chitty, she shares her own experiences, those of other sleep experts and those of parents.