Cerebra Sleep Conference – Tackling Sleep Disturbances in Children with a Learning Disability

Our one day conference on sleep in children with brain conditions will disseminate the findings of recent sleep research and consider the implications for parents, carers and professionals.

Date: Wednesday 28th June 2017
Time: 9.30am – 4pm
Location: Copthorne Hotel Birmingham, Paradise Circus, Paradise Place, Birmingham B3 3HJ
Cost: £20



Keynote Speaker:

  • Dr Cathy Hill. Dr Cathy Hill is an Associate Professor in Child Health at the University of Southampton and Honorary Consultant in Sleep Medicine at Southampton Children’s Hospital where she has built up a multi-disciplinary children’s sleep disorder service. The Southampton service provides diagnostic and therapeutic services across the south of England and further afield for rarer conditions

Other Speakers:

  • Dr Andy Bagshaw, Reader in Imagining Neuroscience at the University of Birmingham and Scientific Director of the Birmingham University Imaging Centre. His main interest is in developing and applying non-invasive brain imaging methods to clinical and behavioural neuroscience, with particular emphasis on understanding how the brain is affected by sleep and epilepsy.
  • Dr Anna Joyce, Research Associate in Psychology at Coventry University. Dr Anna Joyce is interested in the effects of sleep on learning and cognition and what can be done to enhance sleep in order to improve educational attainment for children. She is also interested in cognitive development in children with developmental disorders and whether sleep problems, which are common in these children, could be at least partly responsible for some of the cognitive difficulties that they face.
  • Dr Caroline Richards who is leading Cerebra funded research at the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders – University of Birmingham. The Centre focuses on the problems experienced by children who have intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders and genetic syndromes that are associated with developmental delay. Cerebra funded sleep research is trying to understand why sleep problems occur and help families find solutions to them.
  • Claire Varey, one of Cerebra’s Sleep Practitioner. Claire is a trained nurse and as a Cerebra Sleep Practitioner, supports parents with common sleep disturbances such as difficulty settling; waking early in the morning or during the night and not being able to return to sleep; sleep-walking/sleep terrors and nightmares; sleeping alone.

The conference will launch new information resources that the our Sleep Team, together with the Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders – University of Birmingham, have developed to assist parents to manage their child’s sleep disturbance.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

All of our information resources are covered by The Information Standard, a recognised quality mark which indicates that our information is accurate, accessible, impartial, balanced, based on evidence and well-written.