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Please Note:

In addition to the course, the Sleepwise eManual is a useful resource when paired with the course. If you have a previous edition of the eManual, please note that a new and extensively updated Manual is now available. You can get a discount if you purchase the Course and Manual together. 

It is not essential to have the Manual to complete the Sleep with Disability Course. 

You can purchase the Manual separately. To find out more Click Here. 

To purchase the course sparately, Click Here.



This series of 6 webinars is intended to provide information as presented in the two day training for allied health and educational professionals also facilitated by Annie O'Connell. The training has evolved from experience, participants feedback and further research.

The modules in this series include: 

  1. Sleep Education.
  2. Prevalence & Types of Sleep Disturbances; Use of  Screening tools, Sleep Diary & Sleep Interview.
  3. Preparation for a Sleep Plan; Establish a routine; Behavioural strategies Part A & Case Studies.
  4. Behavioural strategies Part B; Communication Strategies Resources and Case Studies.
  5. Sensory strategies- light therapy; Positive Reinforcement; Goal Setting.
  6. Selecting a Sleep Strategy; Monitoring Sleep Plans; Sleepwise Research.

While each webinar is 45 minutes in duration you are asked to pause the webinar while activities are completed. For example in Webinar One there are two activities - calculating your average sleep and compiling the pros and cons of co-sleeping.  Please allow extra time for these activities.


This series is suitable for Student & Beginner OTs as well as Allied Health Therapists and Educators who support families with children in the home, paediatric or community setting. 


Practitioners who undertake this training will be able to:
1. Understand the stages and cycles of sleep and need for sleep.
2. Interpret sleep diaries.
3. Appraise a sleep history.
4. Identify possible sleep disturbance.
5. Recognise indicators for referral to specialised services.
6. Consider a child and family’s readiness to commence intervention to reduce sleep disturbance.
7. Review strategies to reduce sleep disturbance.
8. Develop a sleep plan based on communication, sensory and behavioural strategies.
9. Set sleep goals.
10. Monitor and adapt a sleep plan.

How will this webinar enable participants to work occupationally with clients/patients?

Sleep needs to be recognized for its quantity, quality and timing as an important element in the attainment of work, self-care and play and leisure activities. Occupational therapists have a unique role in identifying sleep disturbance, as part of their assessment of an individual and family’s daily activity routines, participation and occupational performance.  Allied Health therapists and educators are in a prime position to address sleep problems by developing individualized sleep plans based on the family needs using communication, sensory and behavioral strategies.


The new e-manual incorporates research over the last 15 years and information from Annie OÇonnells overseas Churchill Fellowship, clinical case studies and feedback from participants from the 2-day training.  

The Manual Includes: 

  • Sleep Education for parents and carers individually rather than a group format – a single Power Point presentation available 

  • A Pre and Post Evaluation survey to assess an allied health or educational practitioner’s current knowledge, skill and confidence in a sleep interventionβ€― 

  • Updated references and strategies including CBT, Relaxation, Calm Breathing and Yoga 

  • Updated resources: Additional developmental information; Screening tools; Links to formal and valid sleep questionnaires; One week sleep diary; New Sleep Stories; Positive sleep practices for older children and adolescents; Reference materials of allied health and educational practitioners with new sections related to sleep research and cerebral palsy; New published case studies and 50 case studies. 

  • Discussions on topics such as bed safety, co-sleeping, ignoring (extinction behavioural method). 

The e-manual is available to individual allied health and educational practitioners as a clinical guide with electronic links to all resources in the sleep tools kit that can be downloaded or printed. Within organisations we allow 1 manual to 5 therapists/educators. 

Comparison of the original Sleepwise Resource Manual to the latest Sleepwise e-manual 

You may already have a prior edition of the Manual and be wondering if it is it worth getting the updated version. The latest edition has been exetensivly updated. Here is information compairng the new edition with the previous.

The 1st Edition of Sleepwise – A Resource Manual – Positive Sleep Practices for Young Children with Developmental Delay was published in 2005 and reprinted in 2007.
Focus age group children 2- 6 years. 

The 3rd Edition of Sleepwise – A Resource e-Manual – Positive Sleep Practices for Children and Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities was released in June 2022.β€―
Focus age group 2- 18 yearsβ€―β€― 

Both manuals are clinical guides that provide the protocol for a sleep intervention based on: 

  • Sleep education for parents /carers 

  • Assessment using sleep diary and sleep interview 

  • Development of a sleep plan based on developmental , communication, sensory and behavioural strategies 

  • Support and Monitoring 

  • Published case studies 

  • Reference Material of Allied Health Workers 

  • Access to forms and resources that are reproducible 


This Manual is suitable for Student & Beginner OTs as well as Allied Health Therapists and Educators who support families with children in the home, paediatric or community setting. 



Annie O’Connell



Annie is an occupational therapist with over 30 years of experience and has worked in a variety of paediatric settings in Australia and overseas.

In 2003 Annie completed her M.App.Sc (OT) by research investigating ‘Sleep Disturbance in Children with Autism and the use of a Waterbed’.

From 2003 to 2015 Annie was the Lead Practitioner for the ‘Sleepwise project’ addressing sleep disturbance in young people with developmental disabilities developed by Child and Youth Services, Disability Services in SA.  Two research grants from the Apex Foundation For Research Into Intellectual Disability Limited allowed the evaluation of the Sleepwise approach for children 2–6 years of age and 8–18 years of age.


As this is a self-paced course the hours it takes to complete will vary from person to person. Please use your discretion regarding CPD hours in relation to the time taken to complete this series. It is the responsibility of the individual to upload this CPD activity into the CPD tracker. 8 Hours is included in your CPD Certificate as a guide.

After you purchase the Manual and Course Package you can access it by going to your online account. You will have access to the course for 3 Months and can download the Manual.

To access your online learning account:

  1. Go to the OTA Website home page.
  2. Click on the Member Login button - even if you are not a Member, all registrants can use this button to login to the online learning account. 
  3. Username: the email address you registered when purchasing the Manual. 
  4. Password:To set up a password click on the password re-set button and an email will be sent to you to create your password. You then can enter your password and login.
  5. Navigate to My Dashboard/My Courses and locate the course and manual package login link..
  6. Click on the login link to access further instructions.

If you can not login to your account or do not receive any correspondance within 2 days of making payment please contact us at cpdevents@otaus.com.au

*By signing up to this online series you are agreeing for Lifter LMS - the Online Platform that provides the eManual - to have access to your name and email address in order to track your learning. 



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