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Bedtime Strategies for Preschoolers (Continuing Education)

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Bedtime Strategies for Preschoolers

1. 
Identify the overall goal of a bedtime routine.
  1. tire children with activity
  2. create a predictable and calming environment
  3. tire children with challenging cognitive activities
  4. create predictable and stimulating environment
2. 
Identify what the family can do to help a child fall asleep.
  1. play child's favorite music
  2. allow a child to fall asleep in the living area, then move to a bed
  3. limit talking, laughing or sounds from electronics
  4. allow half an hour of watching a favorite tv show in bed
3. 
Identify three ideal circumstances to help a child learn how to fall asleep alone?
  1. comfort object, family sounds, dark room
  2. comfort object, leaving door ajar, dark room
  3. comfort object, family sounds, night light
  4. comfort object, leaving door ajar, night light
4. 
To help a child fall asleep alone using a checking-in strategy, how often should you check in?
  1. every few minutes, increasing the interval between checks until the child is asleep
  2. every 30 seconds, increasing the interval between checks until the child is asleep
  3. every 30 seconds, decreasing the interval between checks until the child is asleep
  4. every few minutes, decreasing the interval between checks until the child is asleep
5. 
What should you do when after the bedtime routine the child won't stay in bed?
  1. comfort the child for a few minutes then return the child to bed, repeatedly if necessary
  2. promptly and calmly return the child to bed, repeatedly if necessary
  3. repeat a part of the bedtime routine before returning the child to bed
  4. let the child choose one object to take to bed, repeat if necessary
6. 
What action/s may be necessary if a child is not tired during bedtime?
  1. limit daytime naps or wake the child earlier in the morning
  2. engage in fun physical activity just before bed
  3. allow the child to play in his/her bedroom until tired
  4. allow half an hour of watching a favorite tv show in bed until tired
7. 
How should you respond when a child wakes in the night calling for you and doesn't settle after a few minutes?
  1. allow the child to fall back to sleep with you
  2. lie down with the child
  3. reassure the child but wait longer before going to the child's room each subsequent time
  4. immediately bring the child a comfort object, repeat if necessary
8. 
What should you do if your child has a nightmare?
  1. quickly reassure the child, talk about the dream, encourage sleep when child settles
  2. immediately bring the child to sleep with you, talk about the dream in the morning
  3. immediately go lie down with the child, talk about the dream in the morning
  4. respond only if the child doesn't settle after a few minutes, talk about the dream, encourage sleep when child settles
9. 
What is key to establishing a bedtime routine?
  1. pliability
  2. consistency
  3. flexibility
  4. humor
10. 
Where should a child's bedroom routine end?
  1. in a room with all family members present
  2. in the family room
  3. in the bathroom after a warm bath
  4. in the child's bedroom
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