Rebecca Kammerer, Pediatric Sleep Coach, Parent Coach and Founder
My name is Rebecca Kammerer. I am a certified pediatric sleep coach and certified parent coach, as well as a writer, public speaker, and savior of a sleep deprived childhood, devoted to the pursuit of healthy sleep, for all families that work with me. I remember the early days of being a new parent. I would refer to myself as, "The Bear". I could barleyfunction, I looked like a grumpy ole' bear and I would growl at everyone, especially my husband. I recall how I would wake from the (very little) slumber that I did get, feeling angry. I would feel awful. I did not know how I was going to make it through the day. I later learned that sleep deprivation is use as a form of torture. That's when I knew that I needed help getting sleep.
My background of work and study has greatly revolved around children, most importantly caring for children. I studied psychology at SUNY Purchase. I was fortunate enough to be invited to sit-in on the Post Master's Training Program in Parent Education and Parent Guidance at Adelphi University. I am a certified Parent Coach, trained through, the Talaris Institute. I owned my own Family Child Care center and I was a live-in/out nanny for over 14 years. I been in the pediatric sleep business for 6 years and recognize you are searching for answers. I have been personally trained and certified by "The Sleep Lady", Kim West as a Gentle Sleep Coach. I help parents learn how to "Create Healthy Sleep Habits."
Most recently my studies have been based on “maternal depression and sleep training”. What I learned is how the attachment process between the primary caregiver and child, can be negatively affected by using the cry-it-out method of sleep training, as well as how the baby’s brain can be altered due to prolonged bouts of crying. From this, I have created schedules to help with the overall health of a child. I offer Infant Consults for 4-5 month olds and Sleep Coaching services starting around 6 to 9 month olds (with ) and up to around 12 years of age.
I am referred by many pediatricians. What is wonderful about this partnership is, even though many of the practice's go-to form of sleep training is the cry-it-out method, they are still open to the concerns of the parent, when they say that that is not for them. At which point they refer them to me.
Sleep Cadets, Inc. is recognized as a Professional Development facilitator offering an Effective Parenting Program.
In 2006, a team from public and private New York State agencies came together to consider how to increase families' ability to nurture positive development in their children, part of the newly created Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) plan. They convened a statewide forum for parenting education providers to present the plan, and the New York State Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP) was launched.
What is an Effective Parenting Program
- Recognize families’ insights and beliefs and strengthen their skills, knowledge and support to nurture healthy and successful children.
- Recognize social, interpersonal and environmental impacts on families and have systems in place to connect them with resources beyond parenting education, such as health care, quality childcare and education, safe and affordable housing, and a full range of family support services.
- Include topics such as healthy parent-child interaction, child development, early learning, parent self-awareness and how to access support in the community.
- Use evidence-based practice, research, provider and participant experience to design and improve the program.
- Evaluate their results and make decisions based on data to improve outcomes.
- Benefit from having educators access ongoing professional development opportunities.
NYSPEP is proud to be an Organizational Member of NPEN the National Parenting Education Network.
Sleep: Neurobiology, Medicine, and Society
- Neurobiology of Sleep and Wakefulness - Helen Baghdoyan, Ph.D.
- Mathematical Modeling of Sleep-Wake Regulation - Victoria Booth, Ph.D.
- Molecular Biology and Genetics of Sleep - Chiara Cirelli, M.D., Ph.D.
- Sleep Medicine - Ronald Chervin, M.D.
- Disordered Sleep and Breathing Alters Cardiovascular Health - Helena Schotland, M.D.
- Sleep and Psychiatric Disorders - Eric Nofzinger, M.D.
- Insomnia: Causes and Consequences - Christopher Drake, Ph.D.
- Treatments for Insomnia - J. Todd Arnedt, Ph.D.
- Sleep and Anesthesia - George Mashour, M.D - Society: Circadian Rhythms, Sleep, and Health - Theresa Lee, Ph.D. - Daytime Sleepiness and Sleep Need - Thomas Roth, Ph.D.
Infant Mental Health - Community Training Institute Program Summary -2015
Offered by York University Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, Division of Continuing Education, in collaboration with IMHP, this online certificate program provides a focused education opportunity for those who wish to acquire essential knowledge and practical skills to work effectively with infants and their families.
Some of the training topics included:
- Understanding Brain Development in the Early
- The Importance of Attachment to Development
- The Development of Regulation in the Early
- The Impact of Early Trauma on Development
- Parental Depression
- The Impact of Poor Parental Mental Health on a
- Domestic Violence – A Trauma Experience for
- Administering and Interpreting the Ages and
Stages Developmental Screen (ASQ-3)
- Administering and Interpreting the Ages and
Stages Questionnaire Socia
- Creating Developmental Support Plans
- What Does the Early Development Index (EDI)
Tell Us About the Children in Our Community?
The training also consisted of lectures from top specialists including:
- Dr. Judy Cameron (Ph.D), Professor of Psychiatry, University
of Pittsburgh, Member, National Scientific Council on the
- Dr. Jean Wittenberg (MD, FRCPC), Head Infant Psychiatry
Program, The Hospital for Sick Children, Co-Chair IMHP.
Associate Professor, University of Toronto
- Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis (Ph.D), Professor at the Lawrence S.
Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto and holds
a Canada Research Chair in Perinatal Community Health
- Rebecca Pillai Riddell, Ph.D., C.Psych., Associate Professor
York University, Scientific Staff, Hospital for Sick Children,
Adjunct Associate Professor University of Toronto, The O.U.C.H
- Dr. Magdalana Janus (Ph.D , MSc), Associate Professor, Offord
Centre for Child Studies, McMaster University
- Dr. Normand Carrey (MD, FRCPC, ABPN), Associate Professor,
Dept of Child Psychiatry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
- Margaret Leslie (Dip.C.S., C.Psych.Assoc.), Director, Early
Intervention Programs, Mothercraft/Breaking the Cycle
- Dr. Angelique Jenny (M.S.W., PhD), Director of Family Violence
Services, Child Development Institute
- Dr. Chaya Kulkarni (BAA, M.Ed, Ed. D), Director, Infant Mental
Adelphi: The Institute for Parenting’s Post Masters Training Program
in Parent Education and Parent Guidance -2012
I was fortunate enough to be invited to sit-in on this program. It is an intensive year-long training program designed for parent educators and/or clinicians who work with parents. Its goal is to promote a deepened understanding of the theories, values and principles that inform this work. There is a growing body of knowledge supporting the notion that parent guidance and the participation of parents in parent education programs, enhances parent-child interaction leading to healthy development in children in important ways, i.e., social-emotional, cognitive, language, etc. Through the theoretical lenses of attachment, emotional regulation and interpersonal neurobiology- to name a few- participants will build a solid foundation of knowledge about parents and children. Child development will be studied from infancy through adolescence across a variety of domains. Also there will be a focus on the developing parent-child relationship. The inextricable links between each domain will be examined. A seminar on the processes of program delivery and the principles of parent guidance will provide the skills and information for the application of this new knowledge.
Through these ongoing seminars as well as five (5) full-day workshops, participants will study a wide range of information. They will be immersed in a learning process that will focus on the challenges, issues, and dilemmas that shape their work with parents. Participants will learn important concepts in working with developing families, while enhancing their skills to model, teach and reinforce parents’ ability to create the healthiest of environments for their children.
Parenting Counts Online Professional Development and Additional CEUs -2011
Parenting Counts Professional Training Program: this comprehensive program prepares early learning professionals with the information and tools to teach parents the skills needed to successfully raise socially and emotionally healthy children.
Physical and Brain Development - Modules for Physical and Brain Overview, Temperament, Self-Regulation, and Stress
Social and Emotional Development - Modules for Social and Emotional Overview, Attachment, Parenting Styles, Emotion Coaching, Praise, Discipline, Temper Tantrums
Learning and Cognitive Development - Modules for Learning and Cognitive, Imitation, Exploration and Play
Language and Communication Development - Modules for Language and Communication, Early Communication, Verbal Development and Emergent Literacy
Parenting Counts Pillars of Development - Modules for Making Teaching Counts, Next Steps and Staying Connected
Develop Strong Parenting Techniques and Strategies
Raise happy and well-behaved kids with positive, loving tools
The Love and Logic approach to parenting is built around the science of crafting caring and respectful relationships. An authentic, loving connection between parents and their children is the root of a healthy, thriving relationship built on trust and understanding.
This approach provides a variety of simple and effective strategies for parenting children from birth to adulthood. Whether you’re embarking for the first time with your new baby or navigating the turbulent teens with your youngest, our strategies and techniques will help you create calm and loving solutions.
The “Love” in Love and Logic means that we love our kids so much that we are willing to set and enforce limits. This “Love” also means that we do so with sincere compassion and empathy.
The “Logic” in Love and Logic happens when we allow children to make decisions, affordable mistakes and experience the natural or logical consequences. When we balance this with sincere empathy, they develop the following logic:
The quality of my life depends on the quality of my choices.
With the loving yet powerful tools of Love and Logic, we can help our children learn to make good choices and experience happy lives while maintaining their love and respect.
Specialized solutions for a range of challenges, including:
2013 Gentle Sleep Program - Intensive Coarse -2013
Gentle Sleep Coaching® was created by Kim West, LCSW-C. She has been working with children and sleep for more than 17 years. She is professionally known as, The Sleep Lady®, and has written three books including The Sleep Lady®’s Good Night, Sleep Tight. Her methods have been featured on:
GSC Training Program Summary
The Gentle Sleep Coach Program is the first and most extensive professional sleep coaching certification program available. The program involves over 80 hours of training, an exam and participation in case supervision with Kim West, LCSW-C (a.k.a. “the Sleep Lady”) who has been helping tired parents for over 17 years. Clinical supervision and ongoing advanced training are required to maintain certification as a Gentle Sleep Coach.
Some of my training topics included:
- Basic counseling and child development
- Sleep science and behavioral modification techniques to help parents of children age 0 to 6 years old.
- Secure Attachment Theory
- Support for the Breastfeeding Mother
The training also consisted of lectures from top specialists including:
- Postpartum Depression from Dr Shoshana Bennett, author and leading specialist on Postpartum Depression
- Medical Conditions and Sleep Apnea in Children led by Dr Lewis Kass, Director of Children’s Sleep Center
- Sensory Processing Disorders and Sleep by Jodi Jennings, OTLR
- GURD and Sleep led by Dr Anthony Loizides, pediatric gastroentrologist
The GSC Program also includes an exclusive advanced training series directly centered around how to gently work with babies 4 and 5 months of age. This program which I have also completed consists of over 40 hours of instruction and mentorship.
Some of the curriculum training topics include:
- In depth knowledge of the delicate nature of infants under 6 months of age and how to consider all elements of their well-being.
- Current evidence based guidelines and instruction on how to evaluate the 4-6 month old child and family and determine if the child is ready for sleep coaching.
- Gentle sleep solutions and strategies that are effective and developmentally appropriate for the younger baby.
This specialty training is designed to give coaches the knowledge, education and all the tools and resources they need to successfully work with families of babies 4-6 months of age in a safe, healthy and developmentally appropriate manner.
Many parents ask “Are you a cry-it-out proponent or family bed advocate? Do I have to stop breastfeeding to sleep coach my child, do I have to choose between two camps: cosleeping/no crying or crib/cry-it-out?”
You do not have to pick a camp; this isn’t about right or wrong. It’s about what is working for you and your family.
It is true that the CIO method and the starker extinction methods can work well and a bit faster than gentler methods IF you as the parent can follow through consistently and for long enough.
The Gentle Sleep Coach philosophy was developed by Kim West LCSW-C, The Sleep Lady® because she found so many parents had difficulty following through with a sleep coaching program that they feared will damage their child emotionally or filled them with so much guilt they couldn’t follow through.
The GSC approach is a gentler alternative for families who emotionally or philosophically resist letting their babies cry it out: for families who tried “Ferber” (controlled crying) and it didn’t work, and for families who let their baby cry-it-out earlier but now find it doesn’t help. It is also for families who believe in co-sleeping but find that their children aren’t really sleeping all that well, even nestled snugly with their parents. Or for families who did co-sleep for a few months to a few years and now want the family bed to revert back to the marital one.
Can you guarantee “no crying” you might ask? No, no one really can. For example, if you as the parent have taught your child that the way to fall asleep is to be held to sleep for all naps, bedtime and wakings and you decide that you want to change this; your child will naturally protest or resist this change. After all, they don’t know why you have changed your approach. If your child is pre-verbal then they will cry. My goal is to have as little crying as possible. I encourage parents to be loving and responsive but to allow the child the room to learn this vital life skill of putting themselves to sleep. The parent responds and stays with their child and offers physical and verbal reassurance without putting the child to sleep. This supports the development of a secure attachment between parent and child.
I will work with you to create an individualized, step-by-step sleep plan that will factor in your parenting philosophy, your child’s age, health and temperament, mother’s well-being and the related family dynamics. And most importantly I will support and coach you through the process from beginning to end- for night sleep and naps!