Better Nights, Better Days
Sleepiness can have an impact on children’s daytime functioning across cognitive, emotional and behavioural demands. In this session, we will present an update on current research about how sleepiness impacts children’s school performance and what can be done to help children sleep better so that they can be successful in school. You will also learn about Dr. Corkum and Dr. Rigney’s most recent work on developing a program to help youth sleep better, Better Nights, Better Days for Youth, as well as a new tool used to evaluate sleep habits in children called the ABCs of SLEEPING. Resources for youth and their parents about healthy sleep will be shared.
ABOUT DR. PENNY CORKUM
Dr. Penny Corkum is a Registered Psychologist with a background in School and Child Clinical psychology. She is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University. Dr. Corkum is cross-appointed in Psychiatry as well as being on Scientific Staff at IWK Health Centre and Capital District Health Authority. In addition to her academic appointments, she is a Psychologist and Co-Director of the Colchester East Hants ADHD Clinic. She conducts clinical research in the areas of child psychopathology (particularly ADHD) and pediatric sleep.
ABOUT Dr. Gabrielle Rigney
Dr. Gabrielle Rigney is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Dalhousie University working with Dr. Penny Corkum at Corkum LABS. Her current focus is working on the project Better Nights, Better Days for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders, which is a transdiagnostic online behavioural sleep intervention for primary caregivers of children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. For her PhD, Dr. Rigney conducted a randomized controlled trial of a school-based sleep education program in Australian pre-adolescents, and she is continuing her research in sleep education here in Canada by developing an online sleep education program for adolescents.