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Our Team Bio

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Jennifer Garden, B.H.K., MCl.Sc. (OT), MSc. Registered Occupational Therapist

Greater Vancouver / BC

SleepdreamsTM Inc. founder Jennifer Garden is mom of twins. She has worked professionally in paediatrics for children and infants since 1996. Jennifer's educational credentials include an undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia, a Master of Clinical Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario, and a Master of Science at the University of British Columbia, and has taken course credits as a breast feeding counselor. She is also a university instructor who has presented at several national conferences, teaches a course on sleep at the university/graduate level, and is actively involved in sleep research. Jennifer enjoys exploring the coast with her twins. Jennifer carefully selects Registered Occupational Therapists and oversees additional training so that you can be assured our consultants are the best for you and your child.

 

Courtney Hall, B.Sc., M.O.T., Registered Occupational Therapist

Greater Vancouver / BC

Courtney Hall, mother of two, has practiced paediatric occupational therapy in community-based early intervention services and in clinical and school settings in private practice. Courtney has furthered her education in the area of sensory integration, and applies this knowledge towards its impact on sleep and other activities of daily living of children. She graduated from Thompson Rivers University with a Bachelor of Science (2004) and from UBC with a Master of Occupational Therapy (2007). Courtney believes that working with children and their families is about building a partnership, and goals should be meaningful and functional to the whole family.

 

Jen Gellis, B.Sc.OT, MAA Design Registered Occupational Therapist

Greater Vancouver / BC

Jen Gellis is mom to three spirited little ones (who sleep together in one room). She has practiced paediatric occupational therapy since 2001 in community and hospital settings. Jen’s professional experience includes paediatric school-based therapy, positioning, mobility, feeding, and swallowing. Jen graduated from UBC as an Occupational Therapist in 2000 and completed her Master of Applied Arts in Design at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2009. She has also completed continuing education coursework on supporting breastfeeding families. Jen feels privileged to support families of babies and young children through their early development. She also has a passion for children’s play environments and music education and can be found playing and singing with her own little ones around the North Shore.

 

Karen Randall, BSc(OT), Registered Occupational Therapist

Greater Vancouver / BC / Alberta

Karen Randall, mother of two, graduated from UBC as an Occupational Therapist in 2000 and is registered in BC & Alberta. Since graduating from UBC, Karen has practiced in both hospital and community settings.  She has worked at the Royal Columbian Hospital with infants in the Neonatal ICU and with adults in Acute Medicine.  She has also worked in a community based centre for early intervention with children from birth to 3 years of age.  Her professional interests lie in feeding and swallowing and neurodevelopment.  She is also a Certified Breastfeeding Counsellor.  Karen enjoys the ability to work with the whole family and values the opportunity to help parents and children reach their own goals and maximize their participation and success in everyday life activities.

In the News

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Click on the links to see our Occupational Therapists featured on local news stations.

June 17, 2016 Jennifer Garden discusses sleep, activity, and kids with Andrew Chang on CBC News at 6.

June 14, 2016 Jennifer Garden discusses UBC's updated sleep guidelines for children with Rick Cluff on CBC Early Edition (starts at 1:20:44).

 

Jennifer Garden speaks en francais avec Janique LeBlanc on Radio Canada - Libre Echange:

Click here to hear Jennifer Garden speak in French about sleep

August, 2012: Jennifer Garden recently articled for the Canadian Press and helped people across the country. Here are some of the links:

Global News: Teens and zzzs: Inadequate sleep can impact performance in the classroom

Calgary Herald: Sleep patterns: Bedtime routine key in prepping kids for school return

Vancouver Sun: ...back to school Teens hate it and parents wonder why school starts so early

Ottawa Citizen: Early mornings make for a painful transition back to school

Philosophy

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SleepdreamsTM sleep philosophies centre around research based methods, standardized paediatric assessments and balancing everything with our clients' parenting style and their own parenting beliefs.

We believe our sleep consultants are the best at offering sleep help for your child.

We believe in trust between a child and their parent. We don’t believe in closing the door on small children and letting them cry it out alone.

We believe that only health care professionals should be giving advice on feeding as it relates to sleep.

We believe in our programs and we want to assist parents to help their children learn to fall asleep on their own.

We believe in parenting with kindness. Our methods are developed here in Canada where we have longer maternity leaves than some other countries (only 12 weeks in the USA). We have the luxury of taking some extra time to teach children and promote gentler ways to get to sleep on their own.

We believe in university education specialized in health care and paediatrics.

We can help.

That’s why, as registered paediatric health care professionals, many extended health care plans recognize and cover the cost of our services. Ask your extended health care provider if Occupational Therapy is covered. OT services may be claimed as a medical expense on your income taxes, as recognized by Canada Revenue Agency.

Sleepdreams, a Vancouver based company, is proud to announce phone/skype consultations for clients in BC and Alberta. A good night’s sleep is a phone call away. Call us now at (604)985-2991,  toll free 1(877)985-2991 or email info at sleepdreams.ca to book a consultation with one of our professionals.

Attention OTs: We are looking to bring on consultants in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and other major cities in Canada. We are looking for outstanding paediatric Registered Occupational Therapists that are passionate about sleep and its importance in healthy growth and development. If you are interested in joining our team, please send us an email or call us today!

Why Hire a Registered Consultant

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“Sleep Consultant” is a generic term for someone who specializes in sleep, and is often misleading when trying to find a sleep expert. When hiring a SleepdreamsTM Registered Occupational Therapist as a sleep consultant you are hiring a professional paediatric health care provider trained and tested at the university level. You are getting the best you can for baby sleep training. Our consultants all have a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy.

Trust us with your baby, toddler, and child sleep help in BC and Alberta.

Our consultants draw upon years of experience working clinically both in hospital and community settings with infants and children. SleepdreamsTM Occupational Therapists work in areas of sleep, feeding, sensory processing, toileting, and fine and gross motor skills. They assess each child to ensure they are meeting their physical and cognitive (mental) milestones, all of which can be affected by poor sleep.

You will feel confident hiring our professionals. Through continued university research, education and clinical paediatric practice specializing in sleep, SleepdreamsTM goes even further than our Occupational Therapists’ university and work related credentials to prequalify our consultants.

 

As Registered Occupational Therapists, many extended health care plans recognize and cover the cost of our services.

Check with your benefits provider if Occupational Therapy is covered or if you have a health care spending account with your benefits. Sleep is key to healthy growth and development for children. It falls under the professional assessment and treatment performed by Occupational Therapists (sleep is part of your child’s occupation and an activity of daily living). If you don’t have coverage, OT services may be income tax deductible as recognized by Canada Revenue Agency.

Consider your child’s occupation or the activities of your child: Eating, swallowing, toileting, sleeping, playing/interacting, learning, moving, and talking. Occupational Therapists are specialists in normal and abnormal development in all these areas. They are trained and accredited at university level and work in schools, community (people’s homes), and hospitals. This means that if your child is having difficulty in any of these areas, an OT can help identify and provide treatment or, if necessary, provide specialized referrals.

SleepdreamsTM consultants keep up to date on current research and also participate in research. Here are some of our publications and research Jennifer Garden has contributed to:

Video: go to the 39 minute marker if you’d like to see Jennifer’s presentation at the 4th International FASD conference Trans-Disciplinary Team Approach to Sleep in Children and Adolescents with FASD: http://www.chroniccare4sleep.org/Clinical%20Tools.html

http://www.chroniccare4sleep.org/resources/Poster-3-Clinical-RLS-FACE-last-version.pdf

http://www.chroniccare4sleep.org/resources/Poster-1-Consensus-Paper.pdf

http://www.chroniccare4sleep.org/Clinical%20Tools.html

About Sleep Dreams

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SleepdreamsTM Inc. professional sleep consultants and sleep help experts offering in-home consultation in Calgary and Vancouver, was founded by Jennifer Garden, proud mom of twins and an occupational therapist (registered in BC & Alberta). She is also a university instructor who has presented at several national conferences on sleep and is actively involved at the forefront of sleep research. She has worked professionally in paediatrics for children and infants since 1996. Jennifer's educational credentials include an undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia, a Master of Clinical Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario, and a Master of Science at the University of British Columbia. She has also taken course credits as a breast feeding counselor. Jennifer carefully selects Registered Occupational Therapists and oversees additional training so that you can be assured our consultants are the best for you and your baby.

A love of children, respect for individual parenting styles, and excellence in health care are at the heart of sleepdreams and all of our registered occupational therapists. We are a group of professionals dedicated to solving sleep problems.

Call 604.985.2991 local or 877.985.2991 Alberta or email infoatsleepdreams.ca to book a consultation or seminar with one of our professionals.