A message from Colin Shapiro and Laurel Etkin-Spigelman
It used to be said that in some ways psychiatry is the Cinderella of medicine, implying that it got the least attention. The truth is that children’s sleep problems are very much the Cinderella of paediatrics with relatively few children sleep clinics internationally compared to the vast numbers of children who have a huge range of sleep problems.
In many ways, this situation is starting to change for the better. One large step is the recent award of the Nobel Prize to people who helped describe the genetics behind biological rhythms. However, it is still the case that there are a very large number of children who go to bed late and get up late because of circadian problems that are unrecognized by parents, teachers, physicians and unfortunately sleep specialists alike. There are specific treatments that can be dramatically effective and change the course of a child’s academic performance and future life opportunities. The Youthdale Child and Adolescent Sleep Program intentionally takes a broad view of sleep disorders and we now have considerable success in treating children with fetal alcohol syndrome, sleep apnea, insomnia, parasomnias, as well as circadian problems.
It is very common for us to see a child who has been labelled with ADHD, who no longer needs treatment once an underlying sleep problem has been detected and treated. The proceeds of this year’s charity art show will go to funding research in this area.
For the first time, the art show is completely virtual! You can view the display of artwork below and make purchases online. However, there will be a small display of some of the works at the Sleep and Alertness Clinic on the 8th floor of 790 Bay Street for the month of November.
The clinical program would not function without the phenomenal support of the two administrative staff who work tirelessly to keep the clinic on track, Jasmine Delos Reyes and Arleene Augustin. We must thank the very competent manager Dragana Jovanovic, and assistant manager Inna Voloh, whose considerable experience and skill are greatly admired. I would particularly like to thank Sheela Jacombs who travels from Montreal several days a month to assist us. And lastly, a huge thank you to Jesan Azad, who donated his time to build this website, and without whom we would have no exhibit at all.
We are hopeful that if you are reading this message, you are somewhat supportive of this exercise and will either decide to purchase a painting or make a donation. For donations of $50 or more, there will be a full tax receipt, and for those buying paintings, there will be a tax receipt for 50% of the value of the painting. We appreciate your support!
Colin Shaprio, program director, and Laurel Etkin-Spigelman, Master’s student and exhibit organizer.
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