Sleep in Children with Developmental Disabilities

Episode 7: Sleep

Children with severe developmental disabilities or autism often have difficulty with sleep which can not only impact on their sleep, but affect the whole family. To understand why this occurs and what can be done we talk to Assoc Prof Margot Davey from Monash Childrens’ Sleep Centre

Hosted by Kris Pierce and David Cunnington, parents of Will, who has SCN2A.

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Guest interview:

Assoc Prof Margot Davey is Director of the Melbourne Children’s Sleep Centre, Monash Medical Centre. Margot is also an adjunct senior lecturer in the Ritchie Centre, Monash Institute of Medical Research, Monash University.  Her clinical practice is paediatric sleep medicine, and she works in public and private settings (Epworth Sleep Centre). Since 2006, Margot has been a chief investigator on four successful National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants. She has numerous peer-reviewed publications.

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Ms Kris Pierce RN MHSc MWellness, is a rare disease advocate and mother to Will who has SCN2A. Kris has held a range of board, project management, advocate and consumer representative roles and has been instrumental in working with local, state and federal governments to secure funding for multi-million dollar projects. Kris is highly skilled in building teams to work together collaboratively and is a co-founder of Genetic Epilepsy Team Australia (GETA) and SCN2A Australia, and a RARE Global Advocacy Leadership Council member.

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Dr David Cunnington is a sleep physician and father to Will who has SCN2A. He is director of Melbourne Sleep Disorders Centre, and co-founder and contributor to SleepHub. David trained in sleep medicine both in Australia and at Harvard Medical School in the United States. David’s clinical practice covers all areas of sleep medicine and he is actively involved in training health professionals in sleep. David is a regular commentator on sleep, both in traditional and social media.
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