Age of Autism Contest: The Good Nite Lite Helps Children Learn Sleep Habits
Posted Apr 10 2010 12:00am
Congratulations to Maria Velez. The contest is closed.
We have a Good Nite Lite for one lucky winner.From The Good Nite Lite site The Good Nite Lite is a behavioral modification device which uses visual cues to help teach kids healthier and more reasonable sleeping patterns. It features a friendly, glowing caricature face that changes from a Moon to a Sun at the programmed “wake-up” time, and from a Sun to a Moon at the programmed “bedtime.” With the help of their parents, children rapidly come to associate the moon image with the knowledge that it is still bedtime and the sun with the idea that it is the correct time to wake up.
Having a bright light, even a regular nightlight, on in a child's room inhibits teaching them that when it is dark, it is time for sleep and when it is light, its time to get up. The objective is to educate children to associate light with the daytime activities, and darkness with nighttime and rest. Ideally, the night light would be on a timer such that the light will be bright while they first go to sleep, and automatically dim after a set time. The Good Nite Lite implements exactly this approach and, in addition, provides additional reinforcement that its time to rest by displaying an easily recognized "Moon" caricature. Children rapidly come to associate the dim unobtrusive moon image with the knowledge that it is still bedtime and they should go back to sleep. At the time you choose in the morning, the Good Nite Lite will brighten and display a cheerful "Sun" caricature letting the child know that is time to wake up and permissible to get out of bed and start the days activities. During the day, the Good Nite Lite automatically shuts itself off to eliminate any distractions and to conserve energy. While the Good Nite Lite was not designed to aid children with special needs, it has been a great tool for assisting individuals and families who have been affected by poor sleep. Created by a father when his children would wake up at 5:00 a.m. every morning, regardless of what time they went to bed, the Good Nite Lite is available at Good Nite Lite for just $34.99.