Sleep Scotland & TEENS+

Sleep Scotland & TEENS+

At a glance


  • Children / families
  • Counselling / advice
  • Health and well being / research and care

Other details

Geographical remit: 
National - Britain



  • To improve the quality of life for families of children with additional support needs and who have sleep problems by providing the most appropriate intervention
  • To increase the choices of children and young people to reach their potential
  • To raise the awareness of the impact of sleep deprivation on the health and wellbeing of families nationwide.

To deliver these aims, Sleep Scotland provides the following SERVICES:

  • Sleep counselling
  • Sleep counsellors work with parents, carers and other professionals to examine current sleep patterns and problems and implement behavioural and cognitive techniques.

Sleep counsellors
Mainly specialists who are experienced in working with families and carers of children with additional support needs.

Sleep counsellor training
An intensive six day course which examines the processes of sleep and different types of sleep disorders. Cognitive and behavioural analyses show how children with additional support needs develop poor sleep patterns. In conjunction with parents and carers, a range of specially adapted techniques are tried to improve the child’s sleep patterns.

Support line
An information and help line for parents, carers and other family members, which provides a listening ear.

Sound Sleep

An education programme that raises teenagers’ awareness of the importance of sleep for their health and wellbeing, and helps them implement positive sleep habits in their routines. Launched in 2011 throughout the UK, Sound Sleep consists of a training day and teaching resource manual for professionals working in secondary schools.

TEENS+ is a unique service which provides further education, life and social skills, offer work placement support, transition to ownership of tenancies and lifelong learning, to young people who, due to their needs, would ordinarily be excluded from accessing any form of further education once they have left school. Our main philosophy is everyone is entitled to lifelong learning regardless of challenges


We provide Sleep Counsellor training courses for professionals working with children who have additional support needs and their families. These trainees then set up and run sleep counselling services in their areas in Scotland and across the UK.

We also provide training for teachers and other professionals to allow them to educate children and young people on the importance and benefits of adequate sleep and how to get a good night's sleep.

Our two Edinburgh based TEENS+ centres provide a further education facility for young adults with complex learning and communication needs:

TEENS+ is an Edinburgh-based, full time, transitional education project for young adults aged 17 to their 20s, with complex and severe communication needs, such as autism, who have left school and are entering adulthood. We have over 30 fully trained staff members and one of the leading facilities in our field. We’re split over two centres in Edinburgh, Ravenscroft and The Inch which tailor to different groups.

The project runs for 4.5 days a week, Monday to Thursday, 9 am to 4.45 pm and on a Friday 9 am to 1 pm. 


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