Special Needs


Up to 80% of children with developmental disabilities have sleep issues. As a parent, this impacts your ability to help them, and get the sleep you need!

Kim West, LCSW-C and creator of the gentle sleep method, The Sleep Lady Shuffle has written the best-selling book Good Night, Sleep Tight which has helped thousands of families find success. Over the years, Kim noticed a need for sleep help for parents of children with special needs. With the help of a special needs educator and board certified behavior analyst, Katie Holloran, MA, BCBA, Kim has co-authored The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook for Children with Special Needs. Katie Holloran is also a certified Gentle Sleep Coach who has worked with hundreds of children who have special needs and their families to find evidence-based solutions to the many unique challenges they face. She brings her expertise and insight through the workbook, so parents of special needs children can get the help they need.

The workbook gives specific guidelines, action steps and helpful resources for parents of children with special needs - especially those parents who have tried everything without results. This workbook is for you if:

  • You don't know how much sleep your child should be getting
  • You're not sure how to stop co-sleeping, sitting with, or otherwise fully supporting your child to sleep in a way that isn't intense or doesn't take their medical or emotional needs into account
  • You feel like you've tried everything and nothings has worked
  • You are so exhausted, you don't know where to start

Tanya Wilson


"This workbook is a much-needed resource for children with disabilities. As a Behavior Analyst, I see many clients who struggle with sleep issues. Helping their children develop strong sleep habits can be so difficult for them. Katie Holloran is a wonderful resource, always offering several ideas of what to try and ways to solve problems in various sleeping situations. She has provided me with countless suggestions and advice for my clients and even for my own child, and she is so passionate about what she does. I can't wait to share this workbook with my clients."

Mom and Dad of Aiden

2 years old

"Our 2 year old son with Developmental Delays woke every 2 hours for more than 2 years, and we were exhausted. After working with Katie, Aiden can now sleep on his own. It took some hard work on our part, but working with Katie made it possible, she listened to us, we both adjusted, and she walked through it with us until we made it."

Discover How to Help your Special Needs Child from Toddlers to Tweens Get Better Sleep

In The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook For Children with Special Needs you'll discover how to help your special needs clients from toddlers to tweens (and their families) get more - and better - sleep, including:

    • How bedtime routines should be adjusted based on your child's developmental stage
    • 2 ways to make the transition from crib to bed … and what to consider if the child has sleep issues
    • The Sleep Lady Shuffle and how it applies to children with special needs … and 3 critical ways it works better than "crying it out"
    • How to coordinate multiple caregivers during sleep training
    • 6 strategies to help kids with sensory issues relax before bedtime
    • The 5 most important visuals to use to help guide bedtime routines
    • The 3 most common nap-coaching snafus - and how to handle them
    • How to eliminate nighttime feedings during sleep training (especially when a bottle or nursing has become a sleep crutch)
    • A 4-step process to ending co-sleeping arrangements … and when you might want to keep things as-is
    • How to create - and implement - a plan that's customized to a child's unique needs and family situation
    • 15 common sleep training challenges - and how to troubleshoot the issues
    • And much more - including templates to help develop and implement a sleep training plan