C-04: Behavioral and Pharmacological Approaches to Pediatric Insomnia and Circadian Rhythm Disorders: Translating Science into Practice

Half-Day Course
Sarah Honaker, PhD, Chair

This course will provide an overview of assessment and intervention strategies for insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders in pediatric patients from infancy through adolescence. Both behavioral and pharmacological interventions will be covered in detail, with an emphasis on the most recent scientific findings. Best practices in the use of actigraphy as a pediatric assessment tool will be described.

Psychologist Level of Content: Intermediate




  • 8:00 AM – 8:15 AM
  • 8:15 AM – 9:00 AM
    Updates in Behavioral Sleep Intervention for Bedtime Problems and Night Wakings in Young Children  |  Sarah Honaker, PhD
  • 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
    Use of Questionnaires and Actigraphy for the Assessment and Treatment of Pediatric Insomnia and Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Wake Disorders  |  Lisa Meltzer, PhD
  • 9:45 AM – 10:00 AM
  • 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
    How to Tailor Empirically Supported Behavioral Interventions for Children and Adolescents with Insomnia or Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Wake Disorders  |  Valerie Crabtree, PhD
  • 10:45 AM – 11:30 AM
    Pharmacologic Treatment of Pediatric Insomnia and Circadian Rhythm Disorders: When and What to Use  |  Judith Owens, MD
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Q&A  |  Faculty



Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Outline evidence-based behavioral intervention strategies to address insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders in children and
  • Review indications for the use of actigraphy in assessing sleep/wake patterns and guidelines for actigraphy data interpretation in developing interventions in pediatric populations.
  • Provide an update on pharmacologic interventions for pediatric insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders.



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