Course Content

By appreciating the science of sleep, we can begin to problem-solve relevant strategies and adaptations in support of sleep dysregulation across the lifespan. While this course was originally designed for occupational therapists asking for help in supporting their clients, it is now being made available for anyone who is interested in making the most of how we spend 1/3 of our life.

Over 9 hours of recorded lessons + a 90 minute Q&A session with Kim & the Relationship Matters team.


  • The Science of Sleep
  • Sleep Dysregulation across the Lifespan
  • Treatment and Adapting the Environment to Support Sleep (Part 1 and Part 2)
  • Tools, Strategies and Alternatives in Sleep Interventions

    In addition to the 120-day access to the pre-recorded materials, students will have the opportunity to participate in one 90 minute Zoom Q&A.

    NEXT Q&A: June 7, 2023 @ 6:00 pm PT

    Disclaimer: None of the information in this series is intended to be construed or taken as medical advice, and Relationship Matters is not benefiting financially from the sale of any of the sleep products or services mentioned herein.

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  • Course Objectives

    Clinicians who evaluate, support and enhance daily life function are constantly questioned by their clients, “How do I help my child or myself sleep?”. This series addresses this important question. Quality of sleep deeply impacts every single one of us, professionals included. Participants will be able to:

    • Develop a preliminary understanding of the science of sleep

    • Develop skills for assessment and analysis of sleep dysregulation across the lifespan

    • Develop an appreciation of the relevance of treating sleep challenges through regulatory interventions

    • Develop a rationale for and a repertoire of sensory strategies to support sleep challenges

    • Develop an understanding of posture and movement challenges related to sleep

    • Develop a toolbox of environmental adaptations to support sleep dysregulation

    • Develop a preliminary understanding of alternative sleep interventions

    Financial Support & Group Discounts


      Group discounts are available (not to be combined with scholarships) for groups of 3-5 @ 15% off and groups of 6+ at 25% off.

      TO APPLY FOR THE GROUP DISCOUNT, please submit the application form: Group Discount Application Form


      Some financial support available (upon request) from people in developing countries (Countries at Category B @ 50% off, Category C @ 55% off, Category D @ 60% off). Financial assistance is also possible for individual registrants from Category A countries @ 25% off when truly needed.

      TO APPLY FOR THE SUPPORT, please submit the application form: Financial Assistance Application Form

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    A message from Kim regarding Sleep Matters


    Kim Barthel

    Hi, I’m Kim – I’m humbled by your interest in what I’m up to, and inspired by the work that countless people are doing to support others – and yourselves. If this kind of thing were easy, it would be a different world we live in. Which tells me we need to nurture our relationships through attunement, compassion, humour, and mindfulness. Remember, when it works it’s treatment, and when it doesn’t it’s assessment. This means we aren’t expected to get it right the first time. I’ve been doing my best at this for over 35 years, and still learning and repairing every day. For anyone who doesn’t know what I especially like to study and teach, the hot topics that I wake up thinking about are understanding complex behaviour, neurobiology, sensory-processing, movement, trauma informed practice, attachment theory, mental health, and anything that will support people in being their best selves. Thank you for being part of the great momentum globally towards understanding, interdependence, and compassion. Please connect with our team at Relationship Matters if that’s an interest for you, and importantly, thank you for doing whatever it is that you do to help others. We may never know the fruit of the seeds we plant through our smallest gestures, but just by caring we are more connected than we know. I feel great hope.