For Children & Teenagers with Sleep Difficulties
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Welcome to SleepAbility

2019 Training

Where: Melbourne, VIC.
Date: 28th-31st July, copresenting with
Dr Chris Chapparo
hosted by Zi Mei Events - for Expressions of Interest Contact on 08 8346 4580


Where: Brisbane, QLD.
Date: 17th & 18th September
Hosted by
Occupational Therapy Australia
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SleepAbility is an education service developed by Annie O’Connell (MAppliedScOT) that aims to improve sleep for children and teenagers and their families.

Sleep is an essential part of everyone’s daily routine and strongly related to quality of life, learning, health and emotional well-being.

Sleep, like diet and exercise, helps us to grow, recover from the wear and tear of daily life and build immunity.

While sleeping, the brain sorts and stores memories for future learning.

Over 80% of children and teenagers with developmental disabilities have disturbed sleep that affects their development, daytime behaviour (hyperactivity, mood swings, lethargy, aggression & self-injury), learning and health.

A child’s inadequate sleep can have a large impact on the whole family with increased emotional and physical stress. Sleep deprived parents and carers find it harder to manage family and work commitments. Parent’s own health can be greatly impacted by poor sleep.

For some children, sleep improves with age. Others continue to experience sleep disturbance into their school years.

SleepAbility can help families to develop better sleeping patterns for their children with a family centered individualised sleep plan.

Click Here 7 good reason to consider your child’s sleep.

Annie has facilitated professional development training for allied health and educational professionals for over 10 years. For details of the 2 day training 'SleepAbility - Promoting Positive Sleep Practices in Children and Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities' training please view Services- Professional Development. Annie is a registered Occupational Therapist and  certified in Qigong Sensory Massage by Qigong Sensory Training Institute (