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Sleep and the Developing Brain

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Lori Benson Adams, MEd


Sleep and the Developing Brain

Professionals working with children and teens are keenly aware of the critical importance of sleep to a child’s daily performance. But how much do we know about sleep, and its effect on brain development? Do we have the evidence to share with parents and professionals to influence changes in sleep habits? This 90-minute course provides an overview of how sleep affects brain development and daily function, identifies key risk factors for sleep disturbance and disorders, and provides tips and resources to implement into practice immediately. The presenter provides participants with practical, manageable strategies to help families develop and maintain sound sleep hygiene habits.

Learning Outcomes

  1. List regions of the developing brain most affected by sleep.
  2. Identify sleep deficits in terms of behavioral and cognitive performance.
  3. State factors for poor sleep in children and teens.
  4. Identify therapeutic strategies and interventions for establishing and maintaining healthy sleep habits for children and teens.

Course Information

  • Target Audience: introductory- to intermediate-level OTs, OTAs, parents, other professionals, and parents
  • Course Instructor:  Lori Benson Adams, MEd
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  • CE Broker course code: 20-1111244

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program

Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development (#8215). Course approval ID# 08216. This distance-learning, independent format is offered at 0.15 CEUs, Introductory level, OT Service Delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.

Sensational Brain speaker Lori Benson Adams, MEd, head shot

Lori Benson Adams, MEd, is an educational intervention specialist and owner of Breakthrough Learning Solutions in Atlanta, Georgia. She has over 35 years of experience with students who experience sensory, learning, behavioral, and executive function challenges. Lori presents nationally to audiences of parents, therapists, and educators. She is known for her immediately practical information and wealth of knowledge and resources. Additional information can be found at To view Lori’s courses, check out her product page.


  • Financial: Lori Benson Adams receives a speaking fee from Sensational Brain LLC and is the owner of Breakthrough Learning Solutions and Learning Lotus.
  • Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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