Getting to Know Tulsa Pediatric Sleep Consulting

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Tell us the story of your practice. How did it begin? My first baby was not a good sleeper at all and I was exhausted and frustrated. I asked our pediatrician why she wasn’t sleeping well and he simply said, “Some parents get lucky and some parents don’t.” I knew that it had to do with so much more than luck, so I started researching everything I could about baby sleep and soon after I became a certified sleep consultant.

What is unique about your practice? I take the time to get to know my clients through their discovery call and detailed intake information. I learn a lot about their family and sleep goals and use that information to create a very personalized sleep plan tailored to their needs. I’m extensively trained in all sleep training methods and allow my clients to choose the method they are most comfortable with. I’m also trained to work with children from birth to age 10.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? I love being able to empower and help families with their most frustrating sleep issues. Sleep is a cornerstone of our health and knowing I have a direct impact on improving a child’s health and knowing that it potentially might have a lifelong positive impact on that child’s well-being feels really good. I also get to drastically reduce parents’ stress and they are so thankful. I always know what the outcome is going to be but it’s hard for parents to feel confident at first. Seeing their confidence in their child’s ability to sleep well grow as we witness the positive progress together is amazing.

What is the most challenging part of your job? The most challenging part of my job is often helping parents navigate and manage their own emotions and expectations when it comes to their child’s sleep issues. Many parents feel a tremendous amount of guilt and anxiety when their child is not sleeping well. They may blame themselves for their child’s sleep problems and worry about the long-term effects on their child’s health and development or they may feel hopeless, like there is nothing that will help them. Managing and alleviating these emotions can be challenging.

What does a typical day look like for you? This is a loaded question and every day looks a little different but I typically wake up well-rested, get my son ready for school and go drop him off, come home and pick my daughter up then go pick her friend up and drop them off at school. (My oldest can drive herself now!) I come home again and workout. Then I respond to any urgent emails or messages from clients. Then I have time for Discovery Calls for new potential clients. I also do Follow-up calls with current clients during this time. I review their sleep logs to monitor improvements or setbacks to discuss with them. Then I will eat lunch. I do one-on-one client consultations after lunch. These consultations can occur in person, over the phone, or via video conferencing. I assess each child’s sleep issues and gather information about their sleep patterns, routines, and any underlying medical or behavioral factors. I also address parents’ questions and concerns, offering guidance and reassurance during these 60-90 minute calls. After that it’s time to pick my son up from school and we may run some errands. Then I get dinner made for my family, spend time with them and may have a football game or other activity for my children in the evening. Once my kids are in bed I am usually responding to any remaining emails or messages and preparing for the next day’s consultations.

At some point during many days, I am either taking business coaching lessons or continuing education in the field of pediatric sleep. These are in the form of a virtual workshop or webinars.

I also do all administrative tasks such as billing, scheduling, and maintaining client records as well as creating posts for social media.

Care to share a couple of tips-and-tricks for ensuring that we get a good night’s sleep? Tips for any age would be to maintain a consistent and age-appropriate sleep schedule. Everyone should wake up, take naps and go to bed around the same time each day, including on the weekends. This helps regulate your internal body clock which will help you sleep better. Another tip is to have a relaxing bedtime routine. This will signal that it’s time for the body and brain to slow down. A warm bath and reading are good parts of the routine for any age. 

What kinds of services do you provide for your patients? I offer one-on-one sleep consultations for children 6 months- 10 years. I provide customized sleep solutions and personalized written sleep plans tailored to each family’s needs and circumstances. 

Do you all accept walk-ins or are you by-appointment-only? If so, what is the easiest way for our clients to get into contact with you all to swing by for a visit? I do not have an office outside of my home. I work by appointment only. Clients can reach out to me via my website at www.tulsapediatricsleepconsulting.com.

What is a fun or unique fact about your business, your team, or your line of work that you would like to share? I was certified in the very first sleep consultant training program ever and therefore am one of the “first 50” certified sleep consultants in the world. 

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