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How can I help my child sleep?

Sleep difficulties in primary aged children are very common.

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NHS Sleep - how much sleep do children need


Sleep, recommended guidelines for children

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The Lullaby Trust


Support for families and expert advice on safer sleep for babies and emotional support for bereaved families.

Our safer sleep advice gives simple steps for how you can sleep your baby to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) which is commonly known as cot death. It can give you the peace of mind to enjoy this special time.

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If you're having sleep problems, there are simple steps you can take to ease those restless nights. Find out how to get to sleep and how to sleep better.



Sleep explained. We answer your questions on everything from bedtime and naps to the stuff that keeps us all awake.

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NHS sleep self-assessment


Most people experience problems with sleep in their life. In fact, it's thought that a third of Brits will have episodes of insomnia at some point. This short test from Sleepio will give you a 'sleep score' plus practical tips and advice for improving your sleep.

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Our child’s development


Every child is unique and develops differently. Each will struggle with different things. While some seem to breeze through life and school, others can find certain things very difficult. This can come out in their behaviour and it can be hard for families and schools to know the best way to support them. There is never a simple explanation for why a child is struggling. Often it is a matter of trial and error to find out what works and setting realistic expectations for each individual child.

This “First Steps” booklet is for those caring for a child with development needs. It is a record and a guide.

As a record it is for you to hold, keep updated and share with anyone involved. Recording needs and discussing them as a family might be enough, but if you need further help (from school, friends or health professionals) you can share what you like from this booklet. This way everyone is kept on track, and you will not have to keep repeating your story.

As a guide, it takes you through a comprehensive assessment of your child. You can then focus on areas of need using the initial tips in each section, seeking help from appropriate professionals if required.

First Steps Booklet

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Understanding Your Teenage Brain, Solihull course for teenagers only!


Find out what's happening in your brain! Your brain changes as you hit adolescence. Going to sleep later? See how the changes in your brain explain some of the changes in your behaviour.

Access the course for free, you use the code TAMAR

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Understanding your brain (for teenagers only!)


Find out what's happening in your brain! Your brain changes as you hit adolescence. Going to sleep later? See how the changes in your brain explain some of the changes in your behaviour.

This is a free course if you live in Torbay, just create an account and enter the code TAMAR

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Baby Massage


Baby massage is a short course for parents where you can learn how to massage different parts of your baby's body.

Massage can help your baby with the symptoms of colic, aid digestion and regulate their sleep. It is also a great way to relax, have fun and spend quality time together using music, simple songs and nursery rhymes.

This course is suitable for babies between the ages of 3 - 6 months old. As with all of courses there is no charge. At the moment we can only offer baby massage to new mums whose health professional has referred them.

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My Developing Toddler Group


A weekly session with a rolling programme of development and behaviour support for parents.

Each week we focus on a different area of your toddlers development including

  • General development/Speech, language and communication
  • Sleep
  • Toilet training
  • Managing children’s emotions
  • Dummy use and/or dental info
  • Healthy Lifestyles

Book on for a limited number of families in line with COVID 19 safer measures of working and government guidelines.

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Children's Learning Disability


We are a specialist team of Learning Disability Nurses and child Learning Disability Clinical Psychologists. We provide a community Learning Disability service providing advice and support to children, young people, and parents/carers as well as to healthcare and education professionals. Children & Family Health Devon provides the NHS Learning Disability service across Devon, including Torbay.

The service we offer includes behavioural, sleep and assessments to support continence and skills for independence with children and young people who have profound and severe levels of learning disability; working with children who have profound and severe levels of learning disability (including children with additional diagnosis such as Autism, Down’s Syndrome etc.) and supporting the development of community and school-based programmes of support. As such, we offer support both directly to children and young people with learning disabilities and indirectly in order to facilitate access to mainstream services.

What is jaundice?

Jaundice describes a yellow tinge to the skin and to the whites of the eyes.

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