The Weill Cornell Pediatric Sleep Center offers a weekly specialized Behavioral Sleep Disorders Clinic for children whose sleep problems may be best addressed with a multidisciplinary approach. Our clinic serves children of all ages, from infants to adolescents. Each visit to the clinic includes evaluation and management by both Dr. Haviva Veler, a board-certified sleep physician and Director of the Pediatric Sleep Center, and Dr. Tara Mathews, a pediatric psychologist trained in behavioral sleep medicine.
Sleep patterns in children affect the well-being of the child and the entire family. Sleep problems are highly prevalent in infancy; abnormal sleep is reported in almost half of infant well visits. If left untreated, sleep problems during infancy, such as insomnia and sleep fragmentation, may continue into the toddler years and beyond. In fact, children are at risk for developing sleep issues across the various stages of their development.
Toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children may experience nighttime fears, parasomnias (sleep-walking, talking, night terrors), nightmares, and sleep disorders related to poor sleep hygiene and inadequate limit setting. With adolescence comes an additional risk of sleep problems, often brought on by lifestyle changes and the academic and social stressors that occur during the teenage years.
Adolescents often experience poor sleep hygiene, delayed sleep phase, and insufficient sleep. Sleep disorders are often attributable to a combination of physiological, environmental, and psychosocial factors that may be best managed by a combined medical and behavioral approach.
For children and adolescents who experience more medically complex sleep problems, the Behavioral Sleep Disorders Clinic is affiliated with the Weill Cornell Pediatric Sleep Center, where sub-specialty physicians (e.g., pediatric otolaryngologists, child neurologists) provide specialized consultation and treatment, as needed. In addition, we offer a state-of-the-art 3-bed Pediatric Sleep Lab where patients undergo more extensive testing to further assess nighttime awakenings, snoring, and other sleep disorders.
Tara Mathews, PhD Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Anxiety Disorder, Behavior Modification, Parent-Child Relational Problem, Chronic Illness, Current Non-Adherence to Medical Treatment, Encopresis, Enuresis, Tic Disorder, Tourette's Disorder
Haviva Veler, MD Sleep Medicine, Sleep Apnea, Pediatric Sleep Disorders, Narcolepsy, Sleepwalking, Chronic Lung Diseases, Circadian Rhythm Disorders, Night Terrors, Cystic Fibrosis, Restless Legs Syndrome, Pediatric Pulmonology, Home Mechanical Ventilation, Upper Airway Abnormalities, Lung Disease in Neuromuscular Patients
Behavioral Sleep Disorders Clinic
Mondays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Helmsley Medical Tower
505 E. 70th Street, Third Floor
New York, NY 10021
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