Child & Adolescent Sleep Service

Sleep is vital to mood, behavior, learning, and healthy child development. Unfortunately, sleep problems are common throughout life, and significant sleep difficulties at an early age can lead to sleep problems later in life. Left untreated, sleep disorders can predispose you or your child to mental health conditions, such as depression.

At the Child and Adolescent Sleep Service, part of the Child Study Center, we evaluate and treat toddlers, children, adolescents, and young adults experiencing sleep-related problems.

Conditions we evaluate vary by age and include the following:

  • bedtime resistance and nighttime awakenings in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers
  • insomnia and difficulty waking up at expected times in adolescents and young adults
  • narcolepsy, excessive daytime sleepiness, and fatigue in children, adolescents, and young adults
  • nighttime fears, including fear of the dark and nightmares in preschoolers and school-aged children
  • restless leg syndrome in children, adolescents, and young adults
  • sleep terrors, sleepwalking, and bedwetting in children and adolescents
  • snoring and sleep-disordered breathing, including obstructive sleep apnea, which can occur at any age

Evaluation and Consultation

After a focused evaluation of sleep concerns, sleep schedule, daytime behavior, and medical history, our sleep experts, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, provide your child with an individually tailored treatment plan.

Dr. Ron-Li Liaw and Patient in Office

Dr. Ron-Li Liaw sits with a patient in her office at the Child Study Center.

Treatment

Components of treatment vary based on the problem and may include the following:

  • education about the sleep disorder
  • referral for a sleep study in cases of suspected apnea, hypersomnia, or narcolepsy
  • sleep schedule and sleep hygiene recommendations
  • cognitive behavioral therapy
  • melatonin or other medications
  • light therapy

Contact Us

To schedule a consultation or to learn more about our services, please contact our care management team at 646-754-4958 or email us at csc.care@nyulangone.org.