Don't Fall into bad sleep habits- Learn how to do it Right!
Fall is approaching and don't let the fear of crying or bad stories put you off of sleep training. In my years of working with families often the "horror" stories of sleep come from the fact that there is a lot of inappropriate application of various sleep methods combined with cultural beliefs that are not based in the brain or biological reality of sleep for children.
Sleep is a brain function and something that must be learned. Because it's learned, it can be unlearned during an illness, long haul flight or holiday. Other issues that compound sleep problems are cultural beliefs about sleep amounts or bedtimes that are not based in the biological realities of sleep.
People put off correcting their child's sleep because of fear of crying or because they don't know what to do. Sleep training often gets a bad reputation because people, while well intentioned, do not understand how sleep works and do not implement sleep training correctly. This often results in a lot of crying and no improvement in sleep. There have been over 30 does since 2007 showing how poor quality sleep has such a negative and harmful impact on a child's temperament, behavior and ability to learn. Not doing anything is often worse than learning how to correctly adjust sleep.
There is a real cost to both the parents and child when everyone in the family isn't sleeping well. Lack of sleep is an official form of torture and activates a person stress system. Lack of sleep in both children and adults reduces memory, reduces frustration tolerance and generally makes people cranky. For adults who's child isn't sleeping well this can result in a loss of productivity at work and reduced ability to manage frustration. Children who are not sleeping well will appear to be more cranky, hyper and aggressive. Our program will demystify sleep training and give you the confidence you need to address your sleep problems.
Ms. Fontana, MS, NCC, CTRT and lead therapist at All in the Family Counselling will use an evidence based approach to teach parents about sleep.
This 2-hour Workshop on how to properly sleep train your child based on clinical research on how sleep and brain development impacts a child and their sleep.
Outcome of Workshop:
- Teach you about child development as it relates to sleep
- Understand how brain development affects sleep in a child
- Clarify if attachment is impacted by sleep
- Educate you on how sleep works so that when you correct the sleep problems you’ll understand the “how’s” and “why’s” of what you are doing
- Give you trouble shooting skills so that you can problem solve in the event of illness, jet-lag and as a child matures.
- Discuss in detail the 3 evidence based approaches to sleep training
- Q&A to discuss any questions you have on your sleep training choice.
- Sleep Training Options
- Reasons why sleep training fails
- Transition from cot to big bed
- Jet lag
Location of Talk:
55 Market Street, Level 10. Next the Bank of Singapore Building in the heart of the CDB. The workshop location is a 3 minute walk from the Raffles Place MRT.
- September 27, 2012
Start and end Time:
- Start time is 1230pm
- End time: 230pm
- In order to provide adequate time to answer question only a maximum of 15 parents can attend, so please book in advance. Seat is only confirmed upon receipt of payment- There are still spaces available!
Tammy M. Fontana, MS, NCC, (USA) is the owner of Babysleepfairy.com, a sleep consulting company and the lead therapist at All in the Family Counselling (www.allinthefamilycounselling.com). For over five years, Tammy has been helping parents around the world establish good sleep habits and provide solutions for those parents who are struggling with their children’s sleep. Tammy has been featured in Mother & Child magazine and Channel 5 News Asia. She provides evidence based training and action plans for parents that need sleep help and other mental health counselling services.