Julie Anderson, DrOT, OTR/L, will be conducting screenings and providing treatment for children with sleep problems in the Puyallup School District of Washington. To assist her in this emerging practice area, a systematic search and critical appraisal of research published between 2000 and January, 2017 was completed to address the question, “What is the current evidence regarding sleep intervention effectiveness in school-aged children?” The majority of research has investigated the use of behavioral interventions for improving child sleep. These studies included children with developmental disabilities (DD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), sensory modulation disorder (SMD), visual impairment, and typically developing children. Few studies addressed occupationally-based performance outcomes and thus it is recommended that future studies monitor these areas.

To translate the knowledge from this research into practice, an educational pamphlet and PowerPoint presentation were created for pediatricians on the importance of sleep health, how to screen for sleep problems, and intervention strategies beyond medication. These materials promote awareness of sleep health on occupational performance and describe the role of occupational therapy in this area. Monitoring of this translational project will be conducted by Dr. Anderson via survey when she begins advocating for sleep health in the community. Recommendations for future translation of information would be to create a manual for clinicians, parents, and educators with instruction regarding behavioral interventions.

Publication Place

Tacoma, Washington


University of Puget Sound

Project Chairperson

Renee Watling, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Project Chairperson

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Degree Program

Occupational Therapy

Degree Level

Master of Science


Occupational Therapy


University of Puget Sound