Wake Up America!
"Parents - Wake Up and Realize that Your Child or Teen May Be Suffering from a Correctable Sleep Disorder that Impairs School Performance, Health, and/or Safety!" - Dr. Marsha Luginbuehl, Ph.D., NCSP
Who is Marsha Luginbuehl?
Marsha Luginbuehl, Ph.D., NCSP, President & CEO of Child Uplift, Inc., and Author of the Sleep Disorders Inventory for Students (SDIS) gives parents a Wake Up Call, advising them to know and recognize the 10 main warning signs of a Major Sleep Disorder in their child or teen and quickly get it corrected before their child's school career or health is seriously impaired! Dr. Luginbuehl is the author of the best-validated pediatric sleep screening inventory in the world: the Sleep Disorders Inventory for Students (SDIS), which won her the American Psychological Assoc.'s 2004 "Dissertation of the Year Award" and recognition in Marquis' Who's Who in America in 2007, 2008, & 2010. She is also founder of Child Uplift, Inc., a company devoted to the nationwide training of parents & professionals about the harmful effects of sleep disorders on students' cognition, learning, behaviors, health, & safety.
Dr. Luginbuehl knows all too well the suffering caused by unidentified sleep disorders. Her father died never knowing he had a serious sleep disorder (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) impairing his daily functioning and health. Luginbuehl witnessed her son's struggles with a learning disability and diagnoses of ADHD & Depression and kept telling Matt's physicians and psychiatrist about his many sleep problems, which they ignored. Finally Matt's dentist noticed him falling asleep, snoring, & having apnea events during a root canal and recognized his sleep apnea (OSA). After Matt's sleep apnea was identified, Luginbuehl battled her insurance company for six months to approve a sleep study and almost one year until they approved an adenotonsillectomy to correct it. This resulted in significant improvements in Matt's speed of learning, temperament, and his ADHD and Depression disappeared! Luginbuehl has a granddaughter who almost died of a near SIDS event from OSA, and another granddaughter who died in her sleep at 3 1/2 mos. of age (sleep disorders are hereditary and run in families).
Due to Dr. Luginbuehl's personal family experiences with the anguish and adversity caused by unidentified sleep disorders, she returned to the University of South Florida's School Psychology doctoral program to develop a sleep disorder screening instrument to help parents and professionals identify students' sleep disorders and prevent the suffering her family experienced. Luginbuehl has published numerous professional journal articles & book chapters advocating for early screening and identification of six major sleep disorders that significantly impair school performance and health, result in a poor quality of life, cost our society billions of dollars, and sometimes result in premature death. Luginbuehl is a passionate speaker, warning professionals and parents about the high rate of unidentified sleep problems/disorders in our children and youth, which is creating a National Health & Education Crisis. Luginbuehl says that "most parents are still unaware of this 'Sleeping Giant' hiding behind the disguise of cognitive and learning disabilities, poor motivation, ADHD, Depression, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, etc... because many professionals who would have the ability to identify these students are unaware of the facts, or they are failing to inform parents due to various professional conflicts of interest!"