Ink painting by kind permission of our friend and artist Amanda Boorman
Bedtime routine ideas for all ages...
Me and Mum/Dad bracelet: separation anxiety is not just about school, especially if your child has attachment difficulties. My son kept coming down the stairs to check I was still there for him. I gave him a bracelet with a heart and I also wore one... he said he would give it a little rub when he thought of me. Leave the bedroom door slightly open so they can hear you downstairs.
Bond Touch: a more expensive attachment focussed tool but very clever and ideal for an older child who needs to feel contact with parent or carer during the day or at night. Both child or young adult and parent/carer wears one and by tapping on it a rhythm it vibrates on the partner device.
Sensory Sheet: this provides a gentle hug which helps children feel safe but they don't get hot unlike heavier sensory blankets which can only be used for short periods of time. Sensory sheets can be used on the bed at all times.
Childrens Alexa: Audible played through an Alexa device. Child can choose a book to be played as they go to sleep.
CD nightime mindfulness : gentle meditative therapeutic stories
Lavender room spray or baby pillow spray: for restful deeper sleep... re-training the brain to recognise the smell to trigger a sleep response
Light show for ceiling: gentle movement of light, this one has a remote control so that child can operate or you can stand put on from outside childs room!
Blackout blind: Your child may have difficulty making melatonin. When they start eating their tea walk around the house closing all curtains, spray some lavender spray in the room, make sure PJ's are ready to go and put up a blackout blind so the morning light doesn't stimulate them to bounce out of bed. I used mine well into teenage years!
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