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Sleep for children with additional needs

Children with additional needs have a health or developmental condition that impacts on their everyday life. Their needs could be developmental, behavioural, physical, learning or sensory. Sleep problems occur in all children, but in children with additional needs, they are even more common. This can have an impact on the child’s behaviour and learning in the day.

There is help available for you, and it is important to look after the whole family’s health as well as the child’s. Sleep deprivation can have a huge effect on everyone’s physical and mental health. Some strategies you can try include:

  • Share night time duties with a partner or family and friends if they are able to help.

  • Rest when you can.

  • Eat well, exercise and look after your mental health. Strategies such as mindfulness and meditation can help.

  • Talk to professionals who can help, such as your Childs Health Visitor, School Nurse or GP.

What you can do to help

Strategies to help your child’s sleep pattern include:


Who can help?

If you’re worried about your child, a health professional in our team will be able to offer advice and support. You can Call Us on 0300 029 50 50 or Text Us on 07520 649887 to start a conversation. If your aged 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635 443

**Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm excluding bank holidays**

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