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Attachment and Resilience

In my practice one of the more common struggles reported by parents and caregivers is getting children off to sleep in their own bed.  What follows is a simple method to address this issue that I often recommend, and that I used with my own children.

Before I get to the method, I want to advise that there are many and varied reasons why children have difficulty getting off to sleep in their own bed. Time and space do not permit me to go into all possible reasons here. What I would say is that the method presented here is appropriate for many of the reasons why children have this difficulty. It is offered as general advice and is not a substitute for a full assessment and recommendation from an appropriately qualified paediatric sleep specialist.

Firstly, children’s sleep patterns are subject to a sleep-wake cycle, which is physiological in nature…

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I am a practising Clinical Psychologist with twenty-seven years’ experience working with children and young people recovering from abuse and neglect. I am also an author and educator in trauma-informed, therapeutic caregiving. My programs are implemented in Australia and Ireland, and I am well-known for my practical and accessible guidance for caregivers and professionals alike.
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  1. I’ve been using this technique with my highly anxious 2yo Colby. He has a ‘sound machine’ which has various options including a lullaby (Brahms) and it helps him to relax and drift off and continues to play through the night. He has been a chronic headbanger in his sleep and this has reduced considerably since we started using the music. Wonderful!

    • colbypearce says:

      That is great to hear. While I find I get the best results with Mozart, there does seem to be evidence that other sources of auditory stimulation/comfort can be helpful. I think the full benefit is achieved by leaving it on all night. All the best. Colby

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