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Sleep problems are associated with poor outcomes in remedial teaching programmes : A preliminary study

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by Sarah BlundenSarah Blunden, R Chervin
Aim: Problematic behaviour and deficient academic performance have been reported in children with sleep problems, but whether sleep problems are common among children presenting with primary behavioural and performance concerns in remedial programmes is not well studied. We studied this possibility in 80 Australian school children aged 6–15 years and then compared 15 of these children from mainstream schools to 15 demographically matched children in specialist behavioural programmes for problematic behaviour and academic difficulties. Methods: Parents completed the Child Behaviour Checklist and the Sleep Disorders Scale for Children. Questionnaires assessed behaviour, academic performance and symptoms of diverse sleep disorders, expressed as T-scores (mean (SD) = 50 (10)). Teachers rated students’academic performance (A, B, C, D, E). Results: When compared with the 15 controls, the 15 index children had significantly more sleep problems, in addition to parental concerns about school performance. In the total sample (n = 80), poor sleep including symptoms of daytime sleepiness, parasomnias, behavioural sleep problems and combined sleep problems was associated with poor academic performance and daytime behavioural issues.Conclusions: This preliminary study suggests that children in remedial school programmes may have poor sleep compared with those inmainstream schools. Sleep problems were associated with problematic behaviour and poor academic performance. If sleep disturbances worsen daytime behaviour, then diagnosis and treatment of underlying sleep disorders could offer a novel therapeutic opportunity.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

44

Issue

5

Start Page

237

End Page

242

Number of Pages

6

eISSN

1440-1754

ISSN

1034-4810

Location

United Kingdom

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Centre for Sleep Research; Michael S Aldrich Sleep Disorders Laboratory; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of paediatrics and child health.