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The Pediatric Sleep Program at Children’s has doctors and psychologists with advanced training in diagnosing and treating sleep problems in children.
People need enough sleep to function at their highest level. However, as many as 25 percent of children will experience sleep problems during childhood.
The role of the Sleep Clinic psychologist is to identify the social, environmental, developmental, and behavioral factors that can adversely affect sleep.
Adequate sleep is considered a biological necessity and is critical for optimal daytime functioning; yet, as many as 25% of children will experience some manner of sleep problem during childhood.
Treatment often begins with an initial assessment. This includes a review of the child's health records from other providers and a clinical interview with the family.
Though the interview mainly focuses on sleep, the psychologist will discuss other areas such as:
After assessing the child's sleep problem, the psychologist will discuss treatment options with the family.
For families that opt for behavioral intervention, treatment typically consists of two to five appointments on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Appointments are one hour.
With good attendance and adherence to treatment, it's common for families to see their child's sleep improve within the first few visits.
Some common concerns that Sleep Clinic psychologists treat or help manage include:
Sleep Clinic psychologists have a strong commitment to:
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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