These training materials were created for the Autism Center of Excellence at Western Michigan University.
Expert: Dr. Brett Kuhn is a licensed psychologist and associate professor in pediatrics and psychology at the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation and University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Kuhn is certified in behavioral sleep medicine by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He served on the AASM-sponsored committee to create the national standards of practice for children with bedtime resistance and nighttime awakenings.
Dr. Kuhn is director of behavioral sleep medicine services at the Children’s Sleep Disorders Center in Omaha, where he supervises medical residents, sleep fellows and psychology interns in the assessment and treatment of pediatric sleep disorders. He has published a number of professional articles and book chapters on the topics of children’s behavioral health issues. Dr. Kuhn co-edited the recently published book, Behavioral Treatments for Sleep Disorders: A Comprehensive Primer of Behavioral Sleep Medicine Interventions. He also co-authored a popular press book titled The Toddler Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Troubleshooting Tips, and Advice on System Maintenance.
"Assessment and Treatment of Behavioral Sleep Problems"
Entire video (1:10:27)
- Orientation and prevalence of pediatric sleep disturbance (1:05)
- Assessments for sleep disorders
- Treatment components
- Choosing parent to implement the protocol and observing parent-child interactions during sleep time (23:15)
- Minimizing forms of reinforcement in the sleep environment (27:08)
- Contingency management during sleep-time (28:29)
- Reinforcement of appropriate sleep behavior: The Excuse Me Drill (37:27)
- Clinical effectiveness and response to treatment protocols (39:29)
- Behavioral approaches versus pharmacological agents (54:48)
- Clinical demonstrations (1:00:16)