Helpful equipment

There is lots of specialist equipment available for your child that could help with sleeping.
Please click on the image below and take a look at some of the equipment that is available.

You can buy your own equipment, but a social worker, physiotherapist or occupational therapist can help make decisions about the equipment that would be most helpful. Decisions about the kind of equipment your child may need will often be the result of an assessment of their care and support needs.

(Did you know that you may also be entitled to a Disabled Facilities Grant if you need to adapt your home to make changes for a disabled child? This grant can help pay for adaptations such as building safe play areas, installing a stairlift, widening doors or adapting heating or light controls).


Free equipment from your local authority

If a local authority needs assessment has concluded that you need equipment, it should be provided free of charge:

  • Minor adaptations costing £1,000 or less – which includes the cost of buying and fitting the adaptation – are also provided free of charge
  • Councils can make a charge for minor adaptations that cost more than £1,000 to provide
  • Larger, more expensive items may be classed as adaptations and will be the responsibility of the housing department and provided through Disabled Facilities Grants


Help is also available from:

  1. The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF), a national charity that provides free, impartial advice about all types of home adaptation and mobility products for disabled adults and children, older people, their carers .
  2. Independence at Home who provides grants for disabled people and those with a long-term illness. Grants can be made for adaptations, equipment or other things to help manage at home if they're not funded by local or national government and families.


Hypersensitive children may awaken from the slightest noise, movement or change in light in their sleeping area. 


The following items can also improve the sensory environment for sleep:

  • A white noise machine, fan or air cleaner
  • A non-bouncy mattress (latex mattresses from IKEA)
  • Quiet sheets and blankets
  • Some WD-40 on the door hinges to prevent squeaking
  • Blackout curtains and dark-coloured paint on the walls
  • Weighted blanket
  • Bed tent or homemade “cave”
  • Extra-long body pillows or stuffed animals for squeezing