Sensory and physical development Sensory and physical development

Sleep, sensory needs and changes to your child’s body

Sensory and physical development

Does my child have a sensory sensitivity or need?

If your child is sensitive to sound, touch, taste, smell, visuals or movements, they may have a sensory need.

What can I do if my child has nightmares?

Nightmares can be very upsetting for children. Help them feel safe by acknowledging and comforting their fears.

How can I help my teenager sleep better?

Teenagers tend to get sleepy later than children or adults. Rest is still important, and teenagers need 9-10 hours of sleep.

Activity: getting back to sleep after waking

If your child struggles to get back to sleep, here’s how to help them calm their mind.

How can I help my child’s bedtime fears?

Many children feel scared or worried about going to bed at night. You can help make bedtime easier and calmer.

What’s a good bedtime routine for children?

A regular, predictable bedtime routine can help children get enough sleep. Try to plan this around an appropriate bedtime.

What can I do if my child has night terrors?

Children who have night terrors may shout, thrash around, or jump out of bed. Here’s how to keep them safe.

What can I do if my young child won’t sleep?

There are some ways you can help your toddler or young child feel calm and sleepy.