Our Modules

Take a closer look at the modules included in the program. 

What’s included in our

OCN Level 6 Holistic Sleep Coaching Program

Evidence Based

Our program is backed by decades of robust research evidence from all sides of the sleep debate. 

Holistic

Our approach is to consult with families in a way that is bespoke to their needs, taking into consideration the unique circumstances of each family unit. 

Modules

Module 1

Attachment

  1. What is attachment?
  2. Different theories and theorists
  3. What about attachment parenting?
  4. Types of attachment, and why attachment is so important?
  5. How to support attachment
  6. Epigenetics of closeness, cuddling and the stress response
  7. Attunement and reciprocity
  8. The Stress response
  9. Respecting infants’ preferences and individualising response
  10. More difficult attachment
  11. Insecurity
  12. Working with insecure parents

Module 2

Introduction to Sleep and Family Centred Care

  1. Biological and psychological factors to consider
  2. Impact of poor sleep on children and families
  3. Normal sleep and parental perception of problematic sleep
  4. Family centred care
  5. Sleep requirements and naps
  6. Crying, Stress and Brain development
  7. Understanding Crying as Communication

Module 3

Sleep Biology

  1. Environmental influences on circadian rhythmicity
  2. Signs of tiredness
  3. Sleep biology

Module 4

Sleep Cycles Across
the Lifespan

  1. Sleep cycle terminology
  2. Types and stages of sleep
  3. ​Maturation of sleep cycles
  4. ​Sleep regressions
  5. ​Sleep cycles at different ages
  6. ​Interpreting sleep diaries​
  7. Sleep disorders and pathologies

Module 5

Sleep Hygiene, Bedtime Routines, and the Optimal Sleep Environment

  1. Sleep hygiene
  2. ​Bedtime routines
  3. ​Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Module 6

Sleep Strategies

  1. The sleep consultation process
  2. ​Quick fix sleep tricks
  3. The evidence for not using controlled crying
  4. Holistic sleep strategies at different ages
  5. ​Night feeds
  6. ​How to deal with early rising or late bedtimes

Module 7

Child Temperament,
Development, Behaviour
and Parenting

  1. Child temperament
  2. ​Gentle parenting and behaviour strategies
  3. Behavioural wants versus needs
  4. Developmental milestones, leaps and phases and referring on

Module 8

Feeding Problems,
Reflux, Colic and Wind

  1. What feeding problems affect sleep
  2. ​Does formula make babies sleep better?
  3. ​Breastfeeding difficulties
  4. ​Bottle feeding difficulties
  5. ​Infant sucking, facial or anatomical problems
  6. ​Wind, colic and reflux

Module 9

Food, Eating and Nutrition

  1. What foods support sleep and what foods are best avoided
  2. How to improve gut health
  3. ​Nutritional deficits which may impact sleep
  4. ​Healthy eating, including vegetarian and vegan diets
  5. How to promote positive lifelong eating habits
  6. ​What is the difference between fussy and disordered eating

Module 10

Allergies and Intolerance

  1. What is allergy
  2. ​The infant gut
  3. Symptoms of allergy
  4. Epigenetics
  5. How does allergy affect sleep?
  6. Types of allergic response
  7. How to help allergic children
  8. Elimination diets
  9. Lactose intolerance

Module 11

Health

  1. What health conditions can impact sleep
  2. ​When to refer to a child’s medical team
  3. How to support holistic wellness
  4. ​Use of complementary therapies​

Module 12

Anxiety and Sleep

  1. How does anxiety affect sleep?
  2. Which children are at risk for anxiety problems
  3. ​How do we help anxious children?
  4. ​Which adults are at risk for anxiety problems
  5. ​Simple strategies to recommend to help alleviate adult anxiety

Module 13

Sensory and Special Needs

  1. Disabilities associated with sleep problems
  2. ​Down syndrome
  3. ​Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
  4. ​Autism Spectrum Disorder
  5. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  6. Medications which are sometimes prescribed
  7. ​Sensory Processing Disorder
  8. ​What sleep strategies can help children with sensory or special needs

Module 14

Race and Culture

Coming soon!

Module 15

Business and Marketing

  1. Registering as a business, including insurance, protecting your intellectual property and data protection
  2. Professional bodies and membership
  3. Pricing
  4. Marketing strategy overview
  5. How to get found online

Bonus Module

Communication

  1. Listening skills and tools that can be effective when working with sleep clients
  2. Culture, ethnicity, race and gender equality and diversity awareness
  3. Body language and non-verbal communication
  4. Building rapport with clients whether face to face or remotely
  5. How to manage and reduce complaints, criticism and comments in your practice
  6. Developing more efficient ways of working to improve communication but save time
  7. Building professional contacts, networking and safeguarding

Module 9

Allergies
and Intolerance

  1. Allergies and sleep
  2. Lactose intolerance

Module 9

Child and Family Anxiety

  1. How does anxiety affect sleep?
  2. Which children are at risk for anxiety problems
  3. ​How do we help anxious children?
  4. ​Which adults are at risk for anxiety problems
  5. ​Simple strategies to recommend to help alleviate adult anxiety