Special Needs Pediatric Sleep Specialist in PA
Matyas | 6 years old
This is such a huge achievement that I have to share it with the world! I lived for 6 years with just a hope of seeing my 6 years old child sleep through the night. Before the sleeping program, I never slept a single night without waking up every 2 hours by my child’s request of water, food or company. Of course I had to ask for help of my mom and aunts, but for them it was also a sleepless night. One of the first things I learned with the program is that it was all about habits, really bad habits, I had helped him to acquire through the years, making me, the water and the 4am snack the most important thing he needed to sleep. With determination I started this challenge… I did not break any rule and achieved every goal for every day. He adapted to the sleeping routine very easily and mastered the art of falling asleep without props. We continue working on his waking time and don’t have any doubt he will finally get that 7am start of his day. I can only thank Melissa for her support during this challenge, her coaching through the weeks was perfect and the program is superb for those parents who don’t see the light in the dark, sleepless tunnel. I am a happy mom who enjoys a good night sleep while knowing my child is sleeping too! Muchas Gracias!
isla | 5 years old
Isla was only sleeping 8 hours a night and would be fully awake by 5:30am. The whole family was exhausted! After sleep training, Isla got at least 11 hours of sleep at night without any wake-ups. Mom started to get over 8 hours of sleep a night herself!
Mom says:”She is way more active during the day now. Her endurance in physical activities has improved. Isla even looks well rested! We are enjoying our time together during the day homeschooling and being physically active.” She has even made daily improvements in her “speech and energy!” She started “asking for snacks less, going to bed very easily. We enjoy our time before bed now and it has turned into a really nice bonding time for our family at the end of the day. With a solid plan and consistency your child will start to sleep better. Drop everything and do Melissa’s program — it will benefit your entire family.”
ISAAC | 4 YEARS OLD
Before implementing his customized sleep plan, Isaac only knew how to fall asleep with mom being right beside him. Sometimes, he could sleep through the night, but often he was up 10 times a night and struggling to sleep without help. This left Isaac and his momma exhausted! In just a few weeks, Isaac learned not only how to sleep on his own but through the night. He now wakes up just briefly, and sleeps with great quality.
Isaac’s mom says: “I have found 1-2 hours of evening time for myself that I use to have to lie down with Isaac to get him to sleep. I can trust someone else to put Isaac to sleep now and practice the “routine” we developed. Isaac is sleeping better at night, too! He doesn’t cry as much during the day, he use to cry for everything and demand mom. This helped him become a little more independent during the day. Make a decision and commit to getting some help, don’t waiver in your decision or doubt the results. Stay confident and press on no matter what. Have a goal in mind and you will get there!”
penny | 3 years old
Before starting the sleep training program, Penny was waking many times a night and just not getting the hours she needed. She relied on parents help to get to sleep, which was exhausting everyone. After the program, Penny was sleeping 10 hours through the night, and mom was getting 8+ hours of sleep herself.
Here’s what mom had to say about the program: “I SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT! She eats much better during the day now that she’s not drinking milk in her bottle all night. I would highly recommend [to parents] they contact Melissa. Melissa put into place structures that help focus us so that we can help our child…you really did everything we hoped you would!”
Liam | 4 years old
Liam had a lot of difficulty falling asleep, often taking hours past the time we put him to bed. He also would get up at least once a night, and wake up very early. In the mornings after a bad night, he would have issues getting ready for school or doing simple tasks without a meltdown.
Now, Liam falls asleep very soon after putting him to bed, rarely having issues falling asleep. He sleeps through the night, and even if he does wake up early, he rests in his bedroom until an appropriate hour. Liam sleeps almost 12 hours a night, and is a lot less irritable. He seems more level headed and I believe it is because he’s well rested. I like the fact that with just a few small changes to our routine, and items in Liam’s room, we saw a big change. I also like that Melissa would check in regularly to see how Liam was doing, and suggested resolutions to any issues that arose as we worked through the program.
I have referred Melissa before, and I would suggest other families to look into sleeping programs for their children. A short consultation really helped our daily lives. It’s amazing that we see how much better Liam feels with a good nights sleep, and I and my partner are feeling better getting a good night sleep as well!
ANNA | 2 years
We sleep trained our daughter since she was young, so we thought we knew all about sleep training. At one year of age, while she was able to fall sleep at 7PM, she never really slept past 6:30AM. This was a drain on both myself and my husband. Then as she grew older, she started having major sleep regression and was waking up at 6AM, then 5:30AM and 4:30AM, and she even told us she wanted to sleep with us. This lasted for a few months and no matter what we did – let her cry it out, controlled crying, reward system, etc. – nothing worked. Both my husband and I were walking zombies during the day and I was depressed, exhausted and on the verge of a break down.
So I decided to ask Melissa for help. On the first day of the Melissa’s sleep training, my husband basically rolled his eyes as I followed Melissa’s technique…. BUT IT WORKED! Three days later she became an angel again, sleeping from 7PM to 6:15AM. While Melissa told us it was possible to train our daughter to sleep past 7AM, we weren’t very hopeful but were happy with her waking up past 6AM instead of between 5:30 and 6AM. We continued to religiously follow the routine and guess what, one month later, she is sleeping 12 hours at night and doesn’t wake up until 7:10am. Sometimes she even sleeps later. Better yet, she used to be a light sleeper and would wake up to different sounds, but now she is a much deeper sleeper and is much less sensitive to sound and light.
This has been life changing for all three of us. Not only do we get our life and health back, but we see major differences in our daughter – she starts gaining weight, her complexion is much healthier, she is much calmer and happier, and most importantly, she is improving everyday now she has enough sleep. Thank you so much Melissa. My husband and I can’t be more grateful for what you have done for our family!
Jack | 18 Months
Jack was born extremely prematurely and after developing hydrocephalus at 1 month old, needed a shunt. At a young age, Jack was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy and parents were told he was blind and deaf. Before sleep training, Jack slept less than 6 hours a night — needing to be rocked, fed, and held to go to sleep. Parents were exhausted!
Here’s what they had to say: “Jack had made big improvements! Now, he stops waking up every 2 hours and can be in his own bed. Everything is different and now we can sleep as well. Compared to before, my husband and I were like zombies. Sometimes, Jack would cry and cry all night. Now, the whole family is in bed at 8pm. Jack still takes some time to fall asleep and wakes once or twice, but it’s a big improvement! Now he is gaining weight, he eats more, and he is a happy baby.
JAANVI | 16 months
Sid | 9 years old
My son Sid is 9 yrs old. His sleep was always messed up since he was baby. He couldn’t sleep more then 4-5 hrs during night. So our days were tiring, we were zombies. Hardly functional, we tried everything (no nap in the afternoon, melatonin,..Etc) but couldn’t get him sleep more then 4-5 hrs. He used to sleep very late in the night by midnight or 1am and then wake up fresh at 5am, ready to play.
We consulted Ms. Melissa for this and she suggested something which I thought was impossible! She told me to put him to bed very early, at 8pm and this is the evening for us! I was sure it was not going to work. But, I gave it a shot. To my surprise, the very first day he slept 8 hours without melatonin or any other sleep support.
Since then, we are putting him early to bed and he is sleeping for a good 7-8 hours and that’s a blessing! She told us many more tips and tools for making him sleep independently and we are doing this in steps.
He is happy and has no more frequent headaches during the day! Thanks to Ms. Melissa from the bottom of my heart!
Om | 5 Years
Before sleep training, Om would not fall asleep until 3am! Parents were lucky if he got 5 hours of sleep a night.
Now parents say: “Om is now sleeping more between 8pm and 8am and his long naps in the after noon have decreased. Now, he is more active during the day and his time schedule is set. Now, my child is not dependent on anyone to make him sleep. Please follow this program as instructed — it works!”
Emerson | 5 Months
“To parents whose child has a sleep problem, I totally get it. I was there, frustrated and tired and I finally got to the point where I couldn’t take it anymore. I knew I had to teach my son to sleep as his older sister spoiled my husband and I by being a great sleeper from day one. I never like to hear my son cry, but once I finally decided to hire Melissa I was all in. There was no turning back. I knew I could do it, even though there would be trying nights and days. And for sure there were, but I kept thinking about my ultimate goal for my son and that was to get him to learn how to sleep.”
To read more about Emerson and his sleep story, please click here.
Noah | 3 years old
Noah is now sleeping 3 more hours a night and having fewer and fewer wake ups.
“Noah is able to sleep independently. His behavior has improved significantly. We atrribute Noah’s improvements in behavior, mental alterness, receptiveness, stamina to his more restful sleep. Even his therapists have noticed a difference in Noah! After completing our sleep program, we are now realizing how critical restful sleep can be for a child’s development…Our only regret is that we did not request help earlier!”
Levi | 11 years old
Levi feels much more confident about being alone if he wakes up in the middle of the night, and can usually put himself back to sleep. If he wakes me up, I can put him back to bed and go back to sleep without having to stay up with him. His mood is much better now that he gets more sleep on must days. Even if you think nothing will help, there is help to be found. It took me months to find Melissa and I had given up all hope; but once I found her, she was able to help us in ways that I could not have done alone. The coaching and prep on how to prepare Levi to make a change was invaluable.