Sleep support for parents of children with autism

Tired parents in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire have been receiving help thanks to an innovative sleep project taking place across these regions.  The Children's Sleep Charity have been funded by NHS England to pilot sleep workshops aimed specifically at children with autism and their families.

Vicki Dawson is the Founder of The Children’s Sleep Charity which helps sleep deprived parents to get a better night’s sleep.  Vicki says, "The charity supports all families to get a better night’s sleep.  We have, however, been inundated with requests for support from families of children with autism and are keen to explore ways that we can support them more effectively.  This pilot project has provided us with the opportunity to consult with families in order to develop a package of support to meet their needs."

Marie Simmons is mum to Kristan who is six years old and on the autistic spectrum, he also has sensory processing difficulties. She received support from The Children’s Sleep Charity after suffering years of sleep deprivation. She says, “Kristan was up for most of the night. I decided to get help and hoped there was a light at the end of what felt a very dark tunnel.  I approached The Children’s Sleep Charity and they supported me to make changes to his bedtime routine.  They also supported me through implementing the new programme, especially when I wanted to give up! After a few weeks Kristan started to sleep through the night, his behaviour improved in the day time and evenings are no longer spent running up and down the stairs. Our lives have changed so much now we can relax at night and get some sleep.”

To find out more about the pilot or the workshops email