About Sensible Sleep

This Sensible Sleep Website was created to provide accurate and up-to-date information on sleep in children of all ages, their parents, caregivers teachers, schools and communities. The Sensible Sleep team is made up of a group of highly skilled psychologists with expertise in all aspects of sleep and development in young children, with over 25 years of experience in sleep and psychological health.

Our goal is to offer comprehensive and expert based information on sleep and related mental health issues freely available to you, the public.

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Meet The Sensible Sleep Team

Professor Sarah Blunden

PROFESSOR SARAH BLUDEN

Professor Sarah Blunden is a qualified Clinical Psychologist with qualifications in the following areas:

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from the University of South Australia (1996)
  • Master of Social Science (Counselling) from the University of South Australia (1998)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)Psychology (Clinical) from the University of South Australia (2003)
  • Master of Clinical Psychology equivalence awarded from the University of South Australia (2008]
  • A registered clinical psychology Supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia
  • Professor of Psychology at Central Queensland University
  • Head of Paediatric Sleep Research at the Appleton Institute of Behavioural Science

Sarah  has been passionate about children’s sleep since she undertook her PhD in 2000. Since then she has founded and directed the Paediatric Sleep and Psychology Clinic in 2004 to treat sleep problems, and the  Australian Centre for Education in Sleep from 2006 to educate communities about sleep problems. In 2017, she has developed a Practice Certificate in her Gentle Methods of Self Settling (GeMSS) for health professionals.  Sarah believes that all families and communities deserve t better educated about sleep as sleep is the foundation of all physical and mental health.

Her main areas of interest are infant sleep and sleep interventions that do  not necessitate ignoring nor controlled crying, sleep education in schools and communities  and Indigenous Sleep Health.

She has presented over 70 presentations to health, education, medical professional and academics and has published over 100 academic papers in peer reviewed journals including the Sensible Sleep Solution and the Boss of My Sleep Book.

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Mary King

MARY KING

Mary King is a qualified Clinical Psychologists with the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from the University of South Australia (2005)
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical) from the University of South Australia (2009)
  • A registered clinical psychology Supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia

Mary is passionate about improving the wellbeing of young children and families. She has worked for the last ten years supporting both adults and children to improve their mental health, relationships, and lifestyle factors that impact on wellbeing, including improving sleeping difficulties. Mary has worked across the private and public sector, including recently for the Child and Family Health Service (CAFHS).

Mary has a specific interest and expertise in working with babies, toddlers, and their parents. She understands the complexities and unique needs of very young children; the joys and challenges associated with parenting this age group; the needs of parents experiencing post-natal depression/anxiety; and the specific sleep requirements of children. Mary has been trained by and worked closely with Dr Sarah Blunden in her methods and techniques for improving children’s sleep.

Mary’s approach respects the needs of each family and she works to enable parents to support their children’s sleep in a gentle and loving manner and Mary has been trained in the responsive methods used at the Paediatric Sleep Clinic. She is passionate about empowering families with the knowledge and confidence they need to make lasting changes to their children’s sleep.

Areas of Practice:

Paediatric sleep

  • Birth – 5 years of age
  • Typically and non-typically developing children

Parenting strategies 

  • Behaviour management
  • Parenting strategies

Child psychological therapy 

  • Sleep, anxiety, behaviour, tantrums, separation issues in children under 5years of age etc.
  • Parenting , attachment and behavioral strategies

MARY KING

Mary King is a qualified Clinical Psychologists with the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from the University of South Australia (2005)
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical) from the University of South Australia (2009)
  • A registered clinical psychology Supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia

Mary is passionate about improving the wellbeing of young children and families. She has worked for the last ten years supporting both adults and children to improve their mental health, relationships, and lifestyle factors that impact on wellbeing, including improving sleeping difficulties. Mary has worked across the private and public sector, including recently for the Child and Family Health Service (CAFHS).

Mary has a specific interest and expertise in working with babies, toddlers, and their parents. She understands the complexities and unique needs of very young children; the joys and challenges associated with parenting this age group; the needs of parents experiencing post-natal depression/anxiety; and the specific sleep requirements of children. Mary has been trained by and worked closely with Dr Sarah Blunden in her methods and techniques for improving children’s sleep.

Mary’s approach respects the needs of each family and she works to enable parents to support their children’s sleep in a gentle and loving manner and Mary has been trained in the responsive methods used at the Paediatric Sleep Clinic. She is passionate about empowering families with the knowledge and confidence they need to make lasting changes to their children’s sleep.

Areas of Practice:

Paediatric sleep

  • Birth – 5 years of age
  • Typically and non-typically developing children

Parenting strategies 

  • Behaviour management
  • Parenting strategies

Child psychological therapy 

  • Sleep, anxiety, behaviour, tantrums, separation issues in children under 5years of age etc.
  • Parenting , attachment and behavioral strategies

Mary King

Brooke Mitchell

BROOKE MITCHELL

Brooke Michell is a qualified psychologist (Clinical) with th following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from the University of South Australia (2004)
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical) from the University of South Australia (2010)

Brooke is passionate about working with children and their families to improve wellbeing. Brooke has worked with Professor Sarah Blunden at the Paediatric Sleep & Psychology Clinic since 2011. In this time at the clinic Brooke has been involved in the delivery of group education programs across South Australia, focusing on sleep and wellbeing. Brooke also works at the clinic to provide support and guidance in the delivery of sleep interventions, and support for other paediatric psychological and behavioural concerns. This involves the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, along with other mental health and family dynamic challenges.

Brooke is passionate about assisting people to bring about positive change in the sleeping patterns of their children, and feels that these changes can be gradual and respectful to both the child and their parents. She is a sincere advocate for the gentle, responsive and tailored method Professor Blunden has developed. Brooke understands the challenges experienced by families with young children, and the importance of supporting them using methods that are both considered, caring and based on empirical research.

The group education programs that Brooke delivers are tailored for the audience and have been conducted at Child Care Centres, Community Centres, and Schools. Brooke has also worked with other health professionals to educate them about paediatric sleep. In the clinical work Brooke is involved with she enjoys supporting families to improve interpersonal relationships and family dynamics using evidence-based psychological therapies.

Brooke’s Masters research thesis investigated the effects of sleep on behaviour, and the result of this research was presented at two conferences.

2010     International Congress of Applied Psychology Conference, 2010. Sleep Symposium; presenter (‘The Sleepy Preschooler: Sleep disturbance and impacts on behavior and psychosocial functioning’).

2011     Adelaide Sleep Retreat Conference, 2011. Presenter (‘The Sleepy Preschooler: Sleep disturbance and impacts on behavior and psychosocial functioning’).

Areas of Practice:

Paediatric sleep

  • Birth – 18 years of age
  • Typically and non-typically developing children

Parenting strategies

  • Behaviour management
  • Parenting strategies

Childhood and adolescent psychological therapy

  • Sleep, anxiety, behaviour, tantrums, separation issues etc.
  • Adolescent sleep, mood and anxiety problems

Books, Publications and Fact Sheets

All resources, books, publications and fact sheets presented on the Sensible Sleep website are based on the latest evidence form researchers in Australia and around the world. At Sensible Sleep, we aim to help you educate yourself, your families, your students and your children, about the importance of sleep and what happens when we don’t get enough.

Members of the Sensible Sleep team have delivered over 70 conference presentations and written more than 100 publications in academic journals, government reports and education publications.

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