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Sleep and Sleep Disorders in Early Childhood

Presented By: Melisa Moore, Ph.D.

PCOM 4170 City Avenue Philadelphia, PA, 19131

Time: 8:30am to 12pm

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3.0 CE

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The presentation will start with a discussion of the basics of sleep and present research related to the importance of sleep on childhood development and functioning. The second section will review sleep disorders that are common in early childhood as well as other conditions that can interfere with sleep. The third section will review research on behavioral treatment of childhood insomnia as well as how those treatments can be implemented in clinical treatment. Finally, we will discuss issues and controversies such as outcomes of behavioral sleep approaches, room sharing, and safe sleep practices across cultures. 

Workshop Objectives:

1.  Explain “safe sleep” in infants
2.  Summarize the basics of sleep across early childhood
3.  List sleep disorders common in early childhood and recognize when to refer to a sleep specialist
4. Describe behavioral approaches to the treatment of childhood insomnia as well as supporting research

Melisa Moore Ph.D, CBSM is a clinical psychologist in the Sleep Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is board certified in behavioral sleep medicine. She received her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University with a specialization in pediatric psychology and completed her predoctoral internship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Sleep Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Moore sees patients from ages 0-21 for a variety of behavioral sleep issues. She also regularly lectures and has taught courses on sleep at universities in the Philadelphia area. She conducts research on sleep in children and adolescents including the relationship between sleep and psychological functioning and interventions to improve sleep. Dr. Moore is also a sleep expert on the Pediatric Sleep Council’s www.babysleep.com.