Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Pediatric Sleep Difficulties

  • Karla K. FehrEmail author
  • Danielle Chambers
  • Jennifer Ramasami
Part of the Autism and Child Psychopathology Series book series (ACPS)


Behavioral sleep problems affect approximately 20–40% of children, impair daytime functioning, and typically do not resolve without treatment. This chapter will outline the conceptualization and treatment of behavioral sleep difficulties including behavioral insomnia of childhood (e.g., difficulties with sleep initiation or maintenance, bedtime noncompliance) and delayed sleep–wake phase disorder. Behavioral and cognitive-behavioral treatment components and approaches will be discussed. Behavioral treatment components that may be helpful for youth with parasomnias, obstructive sleep apnea, and narcolepsy to optimize the medical treatment and/or improve functional outcomes are also briefly reviewed. A case example will be presented to elucidate the application of behavioral and cognitive-behavioral treatment components for a young child with behavioral sleep difficulties.


Youth sleep Behavioral sleep medicine Sleep treatment Young children Cognitive-behavioral play intervention Youth sleep case example 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karla K. Fehr
    • 1
    Email author
  • Danielle Chambers
    • 1
  • Jennifer Ramasami
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologySouthern Illinois UniversityCarbondaleUSA

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