Founder & Director Vanessa Moore
"Before having my children I worked as an HR Consultant and have an MA in Human Resource Management and Training and I am a qualified NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming) specialist. Both of my children were born prematurely and my oldest child has autism".
Founder & Director Carol Prideaux
"I taught in primary schools in the London Borough of Newham for 12 years before having children. My youngest child has autism and epilepsy".
Many of the parents in our forum including ourselves had real issues with sleep in our children, irrespective of whether they had special needs or not.
After discovering help with sleep difficult to find we decided to become sleep practitioners, training with Southampton NHS and Scope Sleep Services.
As sleep practitioners we hope that we will be able to share with you strategies and techniques to improve your child's sleep. In doing so we also draw on skills gained from our previous careers, journeys with our own children and the experiences that we have had with the parents in the forum.
In trying to access services to support a child with special needs we founded a voluntary parent group in 2008. We started with 20 members and now have over 300 members.
You can check out our progress in supporting families who have a child with special needs by visiting www.walthamforestprentforum.com.
You may need help because:
- Your child won’t go to bed, wants an extra story or a drink
- Your child has difficulty staying asleep
- Your child can't settle in bed by themself
- Your child wakes too early
- Your child has nightmares or night terrors
- Your child might wet the bed
- Your child might sleep walk or talk in their sleep
- Your child might gind their teeth
- Your child might have a breathing related disorder
- Your child might head bang or rock their body
How can a sleep practitioner help?
In most cases there are simple techniques and strategies that can be put in place to help overcome problems or make significant improvements.
2 SLEEP are members of The British Sleep Society
Vanessa Moore and Carol Prideaux are trained and certified as sleep practitioners by Scope Sleep Services and NHS Southampton Trust.
Vanessa Moore is a trained and certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming specialist.
Carol Prideaux is a qualified teacher.