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Sleep by Zier Institute

How to get a good night sleep is a complex issue for infants to adolescents. Healthy sleep habits undoubtedly help everyone of all ages function and thrive. We’re here to help.

We can help

Sleep by Zier Institute can help!

Zier Institute’s sleep program focuses on the sleep-deprivation behaviors of children and adolescents. We explore what behavior patterns that “charge” your battery and consequently what patterns “drain” your battery.


While environmental exploration is a critical component to healthy sleep, our sleep program dives into mindfulness exploration, sensory strategies, and emotion work:

  • 8 basic emotions
  • Emotions & action urges
  • Judgments vs. facts
  • Honor your feelings
  • Wise mind
  • Anxiety
  • Strategies for calming the body & mind

Why you need sleep

After busy days of learning, physical activities, social time, no matter the age – our bodies need a break. Sleep allows our bodies to refuel for the next day.

How Much Sleep?

Sleep is an individual thing and some kids need more than others. Experts agree that kids need 10 or 11 hours each night. When you don’t get enough sleep, you are likely to feel more emotional, less social, unable to follow directions, and you are more likely to get sick.

A+ Sleep Habits

Children who struggle with sleep disorders or disordered breathing, are more likely to have problems with attention. Poor sleep habits can lead to “significant functional impairment at school,” according to a study published in Sleep Journal.

Your Brain needs ZZZs

Your brain also needs sleep to use this downtime to store information, replace chemicals, and solve problems. The brain is also busy repeating the five stages of sleep each night.

In Your Dreams

Dreams are our brain’s sophisticated way of allowing us to learn and process emotional issues as we sleep.  While dreams often make no sense to our conscious mind, they may be organizing memories and emotions while ridding our brain of the junk and storing the important stuff.

Stress Less

One frequent side effect of childhood anxiety is worsened sleep. The more help kids receive in managing their anxiety, the better they will sleep. Likewise, the more support they receive toward a healthy sleep routine, the less anxious they may feel.

Exploring Routines

As Pediatric Occupational Therapists, we give your family the tools they need to improve on sleep quantity and quality. We center these tools around your child’s profile, behavior, and current habits, while exploring changes to their routines.

Our Offering

Sleep by Zier Institute is a 3-week sleep program that eliminates the bedtime battle and restores sleep to the entire family:

  • Assessment of your child’s sleep habits, issues, profile
  • 1 hour in-person or Zoom consultation
  • Personalized sleep plan based on age, temperament, individual needs and sleep history
  • Guide for handling bumps in the road
  • 2 weeks of unlimited support via email & text messaging (including bedtime)
  • Pricing is based on individual profiles and initial needs assessment.



Individualized approach

We are here for you. If you have any additional questions or would like to understand more about our program, please give us a call at 402-933-2882, email us, or schedule a free consultation. We look forward to speaking with you.

Do you work alongside other professionals and pediatricians?

Zier Institute takes a comprehensive approach to all of our services and partner with doctors, teachers, and other professionals to ensure the best solution for your child and family. There is no one size fits all sleep plan and we welcome partnering with other professionals while working with your family.

Will we see results right away?

Consistency is key when implementing a sleep plan and for maintaining healthy sleep habits. Results depend on the age of the child and how long they have had sleep issues. Some may experience differences within a few days or the first week, while others need consistency over a longer period of time before everything begins to click. Remember, we support your family during the implementation of the sleep plan.


What can we expect from working with you?

Before the initial consultation, we send intake forms that enable us to understand family dynamics and detailed information about your family activities, and current challenges with sleep. We will then schedule an in-clinic or virtual consultation which leads to a personalized sleep plan. Our 3-week plans include varying levels of support based on your family and child’s profile.


Is a Sleep Consultant right for my family?

Zier Institute brings a multi-disciplinary approach to creating sleep plans for families. As board-certified occupational therapists, specializing in DIR/Floortime® therapy, our holistic methods focus not only on bedtime behaviors but rather the whole family. In doing so, we are often able to determine root causes that may be affecting sleep.

Ready to get started?

Call us at 402-933-2882, set up an appointment for a free consultation or email us today!