Parenting Special Children’s Sleep Service is provided by our team of specialist Sleep Practitioners. The service primarily provides sleep support and advice to parent/carers of children and teenagers with additional needs. We also offer training for professionals and sleep services for families of typically-developing children/teenagers.
Sleep Service Pathway 2016/17
Our specialist Sleep Practitioners have all have been trained by the Southampton NHS Sleep Service and have professional backgrounds in nursing, social work and teaching. Most importantly, they are also parent/carers of children and teenagers with additional needs.
Referrals to the service
Referrals can come from any of the following routes:
- An education, health, social care or a Parenting Special Children (PSC) practitioner refers a parent/carer to the Sleep Service, via phone or email.
- A parent/carer of a child or young person with additional needs requests support from the Sleep Service, or asks to go on a Sleep course.
- A parent/carer of a child or young person with additional needs attends one of our Sleep Well sessions in a school, nursery or Children’s Centre, but requires more info and support for their child/young person’s sleep difficulty.
There are at least 2 sleep courses per month in term time, and each sleep course is either a half-day session or 2 x two hour sessions. They are held at a variety of different times: during the school day, in the evening or on a Saturday morning, at different venues across Berkshire, with a maximum of 6 parent/carers attending each sleep course.
The Sleep Courses are currently only funded for families living in Berkshire (but some courses are for families from a particular LA only). For families outside of Berkshire, we also signpost to Cerebra Sleep Service and Scope’s Sleep Solutions.
Sleep Clinic Appointments
The Sleep Practitioners can provide 1:1 support to parent/carers in a Sleep Clinic appointment either over the phone, or face-to-face at the PSC Office. These appointments are usually offered to Berkshire parent/carers who have already attended a Sleep Course, but their child or young person’s sleep problems have not yet improved. For a very small number of parent/carers of children with very complex needs, a Sleep Course may not be appropriate and they will be offered Sleep Clinic appointments as an alternative. There are no charges for Sleep Clinic appointments for Berkshire families.