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Event: Parent Presentation: Understanding and Managing Child Bedtime and Related Daytime Problems

with Patrick C. Friman, Ph.D., ABPP

Among the many potential child behavior problems, bedtime battles rank very high. However, they rarely occur alone. They are often accompanied by other sleep related problems at night and behavior problems during the day. Effectively, addressing any or all of these problems requires knowledge of multiple aspects of childhood including how children learn, the role of language in their lives, and how to administer discipline effectively. Bedtime problems obtain special attention because they not only interfere with child sleep they also disrupt parental sleep. And the range of problems associated with disrupted and/or deficient sleep is extensive. This presentation will discuss the role of sleep in childhood. It will cover the major obstacles to obtaining a good night’s sleep as well as the most common sleep problems. And it will also cover daytime concerns that pertain to bedtime problems.


Dr. Patrick C. Friman received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. He is the current Vice President of Behavioral Health at Boys Town and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine. He was formerly on the faculties of Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, and Creighton University Schools of Medicine.  He was also formerly the Director of the Clinical Psychology Program at University of Nevada as well as the Associate Chairman of the Department of Psychology. He is a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and in three divisions of the American Psychological Association. He is the former Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and former President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International.  He is currently on the editorial boards of four peer reviewed journals. He has published more than 190 scientific articles and chapters and three books.  The primary focus of his scientific and clinical work in is in the area of Behavioral Pediatrics and Behavioral Medicine.  Dr. Friman’s work in behavioral pediatrics has concentrated on the gap between primary medical care for children on one side, and referral-based clinical child psychological and psychiatric care, on the other. A secondary focus is on adolescent behavior and development.  He also specializes in consultation regarding workplace issues such as motivation, dealing with difficult people, change, happiness and pathways to success.

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