Nightmares and Night Terrors in Children

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The children were finally asleep and their parents were looking forward to a little relaxation time before turning in for the night. Suddenly, they heard a shriek from their four year old daughter’s room. They rushed upstairs to find her thrashing around and screaming. When they tried to go comfort her, she pushed them away and didn’t even seem to recognize them. After a few…

Getting Kids Back to Sleep After Nighttime Wakenings

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother awoke suddenly and sensed a presence in the room. Startled and half asleep, the mother tried to reorient herself. Then, she heard this small, little voice. “Mommy, I can’t sleep. The basement is flooding and the crocodiles are going to get me,” said her four year old son. The mother was a little confused and then realized her son had been having a…