There's a lot of re-inventing the wheel, and re-branding that happens with sleep training! Thats how controlled crying has ended up with so many synonyms - rapid return, spaced soothing, crying down, controlled comforting, controlled timed crying technique - you name it! But they're all the same thing, rebranded over and over again.
Occasionally of course somebody does come up with a clever technique or two, but by and large the secret of being a sleep consultant is in the assessment of the overall situation. It's being able to spot the patterns of behaviour, nutritional, behavioural, developmental, cognitive, biological, familial and birth factors that affect sleep and attachment and security. Thats the magic. And thats why you won't be able to google the 'exact' technique that I or anyone else uses. My magic is basically in your hands - based on:
- the information you give me,
- my correct analysis of what your child is like
- spotting the nutritional, behavioural, developmental, cognitive, biological and familial triggers and stumbling blocks
- the most appropriate pattern of behaviour modification
- the courage to stick with it and be consistent for several weeks
- ongoing support
That's it, in a nutshell. When you book me or anyone else, you won't be let into the 'secret'. I know that's disappointing! It would be lovely if there was a patented fool proof technique for gently soothing your child to sleep without doing whatever the current annoying thing is! I'd love that! But there would be a book or website that was head and shoulders above all the others, and the media buzz over this technique would be everywhere.
Parents, what I'm trying to tell you, is that you have all the tools you need to make sleep better for your family - sleep consultants are just there to make sense of the chaos, to formulate a workable plan, and to support you in the not-very-easy task of implementing it!
Good luck in whatever you decide xx