Helping to get a good night’s sleep

Sam Grundy (Charity Fundraiser for Kids Charity and Wakefield Olympic Torch Bearer) at a business seminar at Wakefield Town Hall. (W501D250)
Sam Grundy (Charity Fundraiser for Kids Charity and Wakefield Olympic Torch Bearer) at a business seminar at Wakefield Town Hall. (W501D250)

FAMILIES with disabled children will be helped to get a good night’s rest thanks to a new sleep training project.

Specialist support will be available to help youngsters with a disability get into a healthy sleep routine under the scheme.

And parents will also get help to tackle sleep deprivation which is common in families raising disabled children.

The project is funded by Wakefield Council and will be delivered by disabled children’s charity Kids.

Sam Grundy, Kids Wakefield fundraiser, said disabled kids often had disturbed and irregular sleep patterns.

She said: “When a child also has a learning disability and or health conditions which require night time monitoring, resolving sleep issues may not be straight forward.

“Parents have told Kids that functioning without sleep has a seriously detrimental affect on their whole lives.

“Children can experience difficulties with sleep well into their teens.”

The project will consist of workshops on sleep cycles, common sleep issues, establishing routines and restful environments and techniques like keeping sleep diaries.

It was launched after research showed more than 80 per cent of disabled kids suffered from sleep problems.

“Children with sleep problems can also develop problems with their physical and mental health.”

Catherine Lacy, Kids manager said: “This funding will enable us to run courses where we can offer invaluable, innovative support to families in desperate need for support. With the Council’s backing we can really make a difference.

“Sleep disturbance is something most parents experience, but usually for only for short period of their lives, not as an ongoing issue that can last for years”.

For more information about the project, call 01924 379015 or e-mail wesail@kids.org.uk