We recently held a sleep advice event for parent/ carers of disabled children in association with Contact a Family in Bristol.
As charities supporting families of children with additional needs we know that it can be much more difficult for children with learning and sensory differences to maintain a healthy sleep routine. We work to support parents and carers who are often desperate for more information and guidance at what is a very challenging time in their lives.
A total of 28 parents were able to benefit from the workshop event. One of Cerebra’s Sleep Practitioners, Catherine Stone, gave a presentation on taking a step by step approach to understanding what we know about sleep and how to support a better nights sleep for children who have additional needs. A lunch was provided which allowed the group to share their own information and experiences as well as access advice and support from Sarah King from Contact A Family and Kath Fryer, Cerebra’s Regional Officer for Bristol.
Feedback from the event was positive. One parent said: ‘I’m not alone as I met someone with the same condition as my son.’
Another Mum said the day had helped her to feel ‘Nurtured – very welcoming presenters, a lovely lunch and time for me’.
As well as running workshops, Cerebra’s Sleep Advice Service can offer ongoing advice and support to local families experiencing challenges where their child either has a learning or developmental delay, or if they have a neurological disorder. Catherine Stone works closely with the Specialist Children Centres in Bristol and runs regular advice clinics for parents as part of this valuable service.
Many thanks to SENSE Woodside Family Centre in Kingswood for hosting the day.