5: 30th April – Sensory Processing and Sleep Difficulties


Welcome to Sensory Processing and Sleep

If you have a child that struggles with sensory differences, you understand how crucial it is that they are able to rest at the end of a day. But what happens when they can’t settle?

In this training we will explore this topic further and understand the ‘why’ behind this and what strategies we can put in place to support them.

Learning Objectives / Outcomes

At the end of this session viewers will have a better understanding of:

  • How sleep deprivation affects autistic children and young people
  • How sensory processing differences make sleep harder and why normal sleep strategies don’t work
  • Strategies to help restful sleep for children and young people with sensory processing differences

Meet the Trainer

Nickie Sutton has been a sleep practitioner for 7 years and developed the successful and effective sleep courses for Space4Autism in Cheshire which have been running for over 5 years.

Prior to this Nickie was a nurse for 34 years, most recently working as a Specialist Community Public Health School Nurse, and ADHD Nurse Specialist. Her background means that she is scrupulous about offering evidence based advice that is grounded in science.

She works with charities and parent groups across the country and since 2022 has been commissioned by the Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board (NHS) to run a new Therapeutic Sleep Service for neurodivergent children and young people.

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