Understanding Sleep Issues in Play Therapy
From the refusal to go to sleep to an inability to stay asleep, a child’s tossing and turning speak volumes. But why do some children want to ban the bed? And how does this look inside the playroom? A play therapist who also happens to be a sleep specialist helps us uncover the answers.
1:21 Lisa introduces Jessica Schaffer, a registered play therapist and sleep specialist
2:05 What is a certified sleep consultant?
3:20 How do we conceptualize sleep issues?
4:45 The different types of sleep problems
5:30 Biological versus behavioral versus something else
6:15 Sleep issues require us to get specific
7:15 Falling asleep as a reflection of saying goodbye
9:25 Normal sleep habits by developmental stage
10:09 Sleep looks different for young kids versus older
11:30 Nightmares versus sleep terrors
14:00 How does flooding look in sleep?
14:30 The importance of parental regulation
17:00 Sleep and the hyperaroused nervous system
17:30 The attachment between parent and child
18:05 The apprehension about falling asleep
18:33 How does trauma affect sleep?
20:00 Sleep and sensory processing disorders
20:50 Sleep apnea and children
22:00 The importance of curiosity and validation
25:00 How does the brain react when things don’t add up?
26:33 How do sleep issues look inside the playroom?
For more information on the sleep process and sleep consultation, please visit Jessica’s website.