- Jodi Mindell, PhD, Associate Director of Sleep Clinic, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatric Sleep Council
- Lesley Manson, PsyD, Clinical Associate Professor, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ
- Allison Allmon Dixson, PhD, Medical Director of Integrated Care & Psychologist, Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
- Tawnya Meadows, PhD, Director of Pediatric PCBH, Geisinger, Danville, PA
- Cody Hostutler, PhD, Pediatric Primary Care Psychologist, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
- Catherine Wubbel, MD, Pediatric Pulmonologist, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA
- Jeffrey Shahidullah, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
Sleep problems are among the most common childhood concerns providers face in primary care, and thorough understanding of how to assess and treat these concerns is essential for any pediatrics provider. Using a multidisciplinary approach and interactive teaching methods, this extended learning opportunity will provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and virtual toolkit needed to screen, assess, and treat pediatric sleep concerns in integrated care settings. Emphasis will be placed on helping participants learn the practical skills needed to respond to the distinct needs of children and all participants will receive a virtual toolkit to use in their practices.
Sleep is critical for healthy growth and development (Faruqui, Khubchandani, Price, Bolyard, & Reddy, 2011; Meltzer & Mindell, 2006; Owens, Rosen, & Mindell, 2003). Sleep issues can negatively impact a child’s physical health, behavior, socioemotional functioning,
cognition, mood, academic performance and may even impact parental and family stress (Honaker & Saunders, 2018; Meltzer & Mindell, 2006; Owens et al., 2003). Further, sleep apnea has been linked to socioemotional difficulties as well as cardiac problems (Faruqui et al, 2011). There is a 25-40% prevalence rate for sleep issues in childhood and adolescence (Honaker & Saunders, 2018), with bedtime problems, insomnia, and night wakings among the most common complaints in pediatrics (Faruqui et al., 2011; Owens et al., 2003; Owens, Rosen, Mindell, & Kirchner, 2010). Despite this, sleep disorders are often underreported, under assessed, underdiagnosed, and untreated in pediatric patients (Faruqui et al., 2011; Honaker, & Saunders, 2018; Mindell & Meltzer, 2008; Owens et al., 2003). It is strongly recommended that all pediatric providers consider the impact of and assess sleep issues in their assessment of growth and development (Mindell & Meltzer, 2008).
This extended learning opportunity will provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and a virtual toolkit to master the management of pediatric sleep concerns. Specifically, participants will be provided with a comprehensive background of the etiology, prevalence, and important developmental considerations of common pediatric sleep concerns as a foundational base for effective anticipatory guidance, education, and treatment planning. The workshop will emphasize evidenced-based interventions to apply in their practice.
Throughout the workshop, presenters will employ a variety of didactic and interactive methods of teaching including videos, live modeling, role-plays, and participant skill building activities that support the active learning of skills. For instance, participants will view sleep diaries and engage in diagnosing and role-playing treatment interventions.
- Build and utilize a toolkit of pediatric sleep resources for immediate implementation in medical settings
- Use screening measures/assessment strategies to identify and accurately diagnose sleep concerns in pediatric integrated care.
- Effectively implement a range of brief interventions for sleep concerns within a pediatric primary care visit