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Media opportunity: On World Sleep Day, Dalhousie researcher launches study of program aimed at helping children with neurodevelopmental disorders improve their sleeping habits

Posted by Communications and Marketing on March 18, 2022 in News

On March 18, 2022, members of the sleep research community will mark World Sleep Day, an annual event that brings together sleep health-care providers to discuss and distribute sleep information around the world.

Dr. Penny Corkum, a child psychologist and professor at Dalhousie University, is a leading expert in pediatric sleep and has led the development of a number of novel interventions to treat sleep problems in children.

Corkum LABS at Dalhousie uses innovative technology to deliver online evidence-based interventions to help improve sleep and quality of life for children and the people who support them. At Corkum LABS, we know how important sleep is, particularly for children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Up to 90 per cent of children with these disorders experience sleeping problems.

On this World Sleep Day, we are launching an implementation study of the Better Nights, Better Days for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders program. It is a free online program based on behavioral principles that supports parents of children aged four to 12 years old who experience difficulties falling asleep, staying asleep and waking too early. The online program encourages positive behaviours that will help children achieve better quality and quantity of sleep throughout the night.

In the study, we will be evaluating how parents use the program and their satisfaction with it, while also exploring how other parents could access this program in the future.

If you are interested in learning more about the Better Nights, Better Days program for children with neurodevelopmental disorders, please visit:

Media contacts:

Katie Vaughan
Research Manager, Corkum LABS
Department of Psychology & Neuroscience 
Dalhousie University
Cell: 902-233-6061

Alison Auld
Senior Research Reporter
Communications, Marketing and Creative Services
Dalhousie University
Cell: 1-902-220-0491


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