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Sleep Considerations for Children with Autism
Tuesday, August 20, 2024, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM PDT
Category: Events

Sleeping BabySleep Considerations for Children with Autism

with Courtney Palm, LMFT
Tuesday, August 20, 2024
12:30pm - 2:00pm | Virtual Event

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This training will explore different factors that contribute to sleep disruption for children with Autism. The course will cover sensory contributions, gut-health and diet considerations, and strategies for regulating the nervous system. Children with Autism have specific needs for sleep that can differ from neurotypical children so we will discuss how to create sleep programs that are inclusive to the differences in their systems and neural circuitry. Finally, we will explore long-term expectations and management of sleep, when to connect with sleep medicine, and alternative treatments for insomnia.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will explore the systemic differences central to children with Autism, including cortisol/melatonin production, sensory responses, gut microbiome, diet, and nervous system reactions to better understand how to evaluate a child's sleep needs.
  • Attendees will discuss 2 case studies about children with Autism to practice formulating a sleep plan that is inclusive to each child's unique needs.  
  • Attendees will discuss alternative treatment options for sleep disruptions including homeopathic supplements, sleep medicine, and body-work to provide additional options for parents when supporting long-term sleep management.

Courtney PalmCourtney Palm holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working in this field since 2005. She has conducted more than 10,000 sleep consults throughout the course of her career and is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Courtney completed three years of a clinical internship to specialize in child development and early intervention through the Child Development Institute in California. Courtney is certified in DIR: Floortime, the Neuro-Sequential Model of Therapeutics, and the Babies/Pre-Steps Model of Intervention for premature babies. Read more about Courtney HERE

Non-Member: $55
IDA Agency/Individual Member: $40
IDA Parent/Student/New Clinician Member: $30

IDA CE Hours: Nursing, PT, Speech and Language $15 (1.5 hours)
CDI CE Hours: LCSW, LMFT, LEP, LPCC
(you will be invoiced)

IDA Requests: Contact IDA @ [email protected] with ADA request by August 10, 2024
Limited Partial Scholarship Available

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