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The Benefits of Screening Your Child or Teen with the Sleep Disorders Inventory for Students (SDIS) :

1. The Sleep Disorders Inventory for Students (SDIS) is the ONLY ON-LINE SLEEP SCREENING INVENTORY OR QUESTIONNAIRE that provides immediate results with a computer-generated comprehensive report including clear graph analyses with helpful intervention or treatment suggestions. To screen now click:

2. After paying for a screening, you will be emailed your User ID (and password if a new login was generated). After answering the initial SDIS questions you will first be provided a Sleep Disorders Inventory for Students (SDIS) worksheet for your child or teen’s age range. Print this form and answer the questions. If there are nighttime questions that are difficult for you to answer, you should OBSERVE your child or teen on two different nights for about two hours each night (see the SDIS directions). Then log back into the SDIS online screening with your answer sheet and complete all of the online questions. You will be able to print the results immediately to discover what your child’s sleep problems might be and how they might be corrected.

3. You will know with good accuracy (predictive validity) if your child or adolescent might have a major sleep disorder and what to do about it. The SDIS has not been validated on adults over 18 years of age yet, but it can give older adolescents and young adults a fairly accurate indication of whether they may have a common and harmful sleep disorder and what to do about it.

4 . This quick screening inventory was developed together with assistance from many renowned U.S. sleep specialists at leading sleep clinics nationwide (Carle Regional Sleep Disorders Center in Urbana, IL; Johns Hopkins Pediatric Sleep Center in Baltimore, MD; Miami Children’s Hospital in Miami, FL; Stanford Sleep Disorders Clinic in Stanford, CA; St. Petersburg Children's Hospital, FL, Tampa General Hospital Sleep Clinic, FL, and University Community Hospital in Tampa, FL).

5. The SDIS can be completed by parents about their child/teen's problematic sleep (This screening has been validated on children from 2 1/2 yrs. through 18 yrs.). If a young adult wants to take this screening, s/he has to pretend to be an adolescent who is 18 years of age because technically, this screening only goes up to 18 years of age. However, it also works with young adults. Someone older than 18 must put in the age of 18 years and a date of birth to correspond to 18 years in the data entry places on the first page of the inventory. Then complete the SDIS inventory with help from someone close who knows your nighttime sleep characteristics. In this situation, the young adult must be aware that the report will refer to them as an "adolescent" and be addressing the parent. Also you should subtract one or two points from the t-score on each sleep category of the graph to compensate for your older age than 18 years to make your screening results more accurate (adults from 19-25 years of age subtract one point from each sleep scale; adults from 26-35 years of age may need to subtract 2 points from each sleep scale on the graph. In spite of these limitations for adults, this sleep screening will give young adults a fairly good indication of whether they might have one or more of the most common and harmful sleep problems/disorders, and it will give recommendations from leading sleep experts about what might be done to correct this major sleep problem or disorder.

6. With other Internet sleep inventories and questionnaires, you can get a list of health questions on-line, but even if you or your child have some of the characteristics, they do not score your answers with a computer and provide immediate results. You will have to go in for an examination, possibly followed by an overnight sleep study that may cost $2,000+ in order to get an idea of what your child’s sleep issues are! Some behavioral sleep disorders can be corrected by the parents and child/teen without needing an overnight sleep study if parents are provided the correct interventions. Some serious medical sleep disorders require an overnight sleep study in a sleep clinic to diagnose the sleep problem with confidence. The SDIS can help parents identify what type of sleep disorder their child/teen might have and whether they should pursue a sleep study or first try to correct the problem themselves by using interventions at home. The SDIS gives you answers, information, and recommendations immediately based on your responses to the SDIS questions. In no time you can have some answers as to what you can do to help your child improve the quality or quantity of your sleep. We only ask a small fee of $16.95 for our SDIS on-line screening to help cover our on-line maintenance costs. Click this link to go to the screening:

Would You Like To Know More About the SDIS? If so, read on:

7. The SDIS provides a comprehensive screening for the six major sleep disorders (see sleep disorders listed at bottom of page) that impair children or adult's daytime performance, cognitive functioning (concentration, memory, motor skills, etc.), behavioral/emotional well-being, health, and safety.

8. The report also provides information and recommendations about five major parasomnias that worry parents if these questions are endorsed by parents (see bottom of page for the list of parasomnias).

9. The SDIS and one other non-English screener are the only two sleep screening inventories out of thousands of sleep screeners developed worldwide for children and adolescents that used all 11 recommended steps of proper development and validation, which resulted in high reliability and good validity (accuracy) (Spruyt & Gozal, Sleep Medicine Review, 2011.

10. The analytical report provides a link to a list of accredited sleep centers across the USA at the end of every SDIS report so parents can find a good sleep clinic in their area if it appears that the child might need an overnight sleep study.

11. Dr. Marsha Luginbuehl won the 2003 Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award from the American Psychological Association for her collaboration with renowned sleep specialists, psychologists, and measurement experts to develop the SDIS with good validity and reliability. The SDIS screens for most of the major sleep disorders impairing children, adolescents', and young adults' health, safety, and daytime functioning. Luginbuehl has received many recognitions from Who's Who in American and Who's Who in Health and Medicine for her contributions to the fields of sleep medicine and education.

12. Within 10-15 minutes , you can be on your way to solving the puzzle of your child/teen’s sleep problems that could be seriously impairing your child or teen's health, cognitive functioning, learning, behaviors, and/or jeopardizing safety. It could also save you or your child lots of sleep deprivation and struggles with irritability, oppositional behaviors, poor concentration, and low academic achievement if the sleep disorder is corrected! It could even save your adolescent from falling asleep at the wheel while driving and injuring or killing him/herself and others! Once a sleep disorder is corrected, the child, teen, or young adult usually feels much happier, energetic, motivated, and is better able to concentrate on difficult learning tasks or work!

If you aren't sure you should try the SDIS screener, please go to the Red Flags of these Major Sleep Disorders that the SDIS screens, and if your child or teen has any of the red flags, it probably would be wise and helpful to do the SDIS screening to identify the nature of the sleep problems and get recommendations!

Testimonial of the SDIS by Dr. William Kohler, a leading Pediatric Neurologist and Sleep Specialist: "The SDIS is a very accurate screening instrument for sleep disorders that has the capability of improving the quality of children's lives nationwide if parents and professionals working with students will use it. In my sleep practice, I have personally witnessed that 95% of the children referred to me due to their high sleep problem scores on the SDIS have a sleep disorder, and the SDIS has been about 90% accurate in predicting which sleep disorder the child has!" - Dr. William Kohler, Pediatric Neurologist and Sleep Specialist at the University of South Florida; Director of Pediatric Sleep Services at the Sleep Center at University Community Hospital in Tampa, and Medical Director of the Florida Sleep Institute in Spring Hill, FL.

It only costs $16.95 to screen your child/teen or a young adult with the SDIS. Some sleep problems/disorders can be corrected with the right behavioral interventions used by the adult or parent and child; some will disappear on their own given time, and others will require an overnight sleep study by a sleep specialist to determine treatment. You can find out with good accuracy what your child/teen needs by doing our screening above:

The Sleep Disorders Inventory for Students screens for the following sleep problems or disorders:

Five Major Sleep Disorders

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Behavioral Insomnia of Childhood or Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome
  • Narcolepsy
  • Periodic Limb Movement Disorder / Restless Legs
  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (a serious symptom of these sleep disorders)

Five Parasomnias That Worry Parents:

  • Bed-Wetting (Enuresis)
  • Sleep or Night Terrors
  • Sleep Talking (Somniloque)
  • Sleep Walking (Somnabulism)
  • Teeth Grinding
The SDIS is a quick, inexpensive screening that could be the solution your child or teen's sleep problems and improve cognitive and behavioral functioning, health, and school or work performance, which will ensure greater success.

Most Sleep Disorders can be corrected fairly easily. Some may masquerade as other disorders such as ADHD, Depression, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, Learning Disabilities, and Emotional or Behavioral Handicaps. Once they are corrected, these other disorder characteristics often lessen in severity or disappear.

The International Sleep Task Force Committee estimated that 20-to-25% of all children experience sleep problems in childhood. The National Institute of Health (NIH) estimated that as high as 15-17% of all children may have a significant sleep disorder that is negatively impacting their academics, behaviors, social-emotional development, health, and/or safety (National Institute of Health Research & Grant Website, 2001). Many of these sleep disorders do not disappear without medical or behavioral treatment. The SDIS does not screen for some sleep disorders that rarely occur. However, it screens for approximately 87% of all sleep disorders existing in children or adolescents.

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