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Sleeping Part 1: Normal Physiology and Common Problems course for Allied Health

Speciality Classification
Occupational Therapists
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare

This session is designed to help you manage the common sleep problems that arise in young children. It covers the normal pattern of sleep and variation in children aged between 0 and 5 years, and also discusses the range of sleep problems that can occur along with a description of their impact on the family.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Describe normal sleep and sleep behaviour in young children (0-5 years)
  • Outline the physiological basis for sleep behaviour
  • Recognise the factors that impair or promote the development of sleep routines in children
  • Provide guidance and support for parents of children with common sleeping problems

The importance of good sleep patterns has both an anecdotal and a sound scientific background to support the relationship between sleep and learning and behaviour. Strong associations have been identified with mood, attention and concentration in adults and children.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should:

  • Have an understanding of basic physiology and behaviour management in young children
Instructors / Speakers
Helen Heussler,
Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrician and qualified Sleep Physician, Mater Children’s Hospital, Brisbane

Associate Professor Helen Heussler (MB BS FRACP MRCPCH DM) is a Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrician and a qualified Sleep Physician.

Her career has been spent in Queensland, RCH Melbourne, Victoria and the University of Nottingham. She currently works at the Mater Children’s Hospital in Child Development and in the Queensland Paediatric Sleep Disorders Unit.

Her interest is in supporting and investigating the sleep difficulties in children with developmental and behavioural issues. Current research interests include the sleep of children with Prader-Willi and Angelman syndrome, Smith-Magenis syndrome, Velo-cardio-facial syndrome and Charge syndrome, mitochondrial disorders and autism, as well as the pharmacokinetics of melatonin.

Sleeping Part 1: Normal Physiology and Common Problems course for Allied Health
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Child and family health, Child health/paediatrics/immunisation, Children and young peoples health, Maternal-child
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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