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GPP – Understanding sleep issues in children with additional needs

These Good Practice Points set out what health visitors need to know on understanding sleep issues in children with additional needs.

This GPP focuses on understanding the sleep needs of children with additional needs as sleep disturbance is more common in these children. Sleep disturbances including bedtime resistance and night-time awakening occur in 80% of children with additional needs, the most common associations being with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Cerebral Palsy and syndromes such as Down, Prader-Willi and Angelman syndromes.

This GPP outlines some practical measures along with up-to-date evidence and references.