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Sleeping Training (Part 3)

Sleeping Training (Part 3)

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As we discussed in Parts 1 and 2, there are major limitations with the current research that exists regarding cry it out/extinction based sleep training methods. But just because research that clearly shows harm as a result of these interventions doesn’t exist does not mean that they are not harmful. There are many reasons why this research does not, and probably can never exist:⠀⠀
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There are ethical concerns with randomly assigning a child to be involved to participate in a CIO intervention in which there is known potential risk of harm. ⠀⠀
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Much of the harm is unmeasurable. If we are thinking about emotional outcomes, such as anxiety, depression, ability to cope with stress, trauma etc., these are outcomes that are not directly tangible or easily observable. These issues may also take years and years to surface, and would require long term studies to evaluate whether sleep training methods played a role. Even then, it would be impossible to demonstrate a very clear correlation because there are so many other variables in a child’s lifetime that could also impact these outcomes. ⠀⠀
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Science has limitations in that it can only give us clear answers for measurable outcomes. Humanity is much more complex than science allows for. So what should we do? We really need to look at ALL of the information and research we do have access to, and analyze it all together to make informed decisions. We have to take the western science, the lived experience, and anthropological research and balance all of that information. We need to approach it from a context of understanding attachment, trauma, stress, biological infant development, mental health, and self-regulation to find a balance. ⠀⠀
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Remember that there are many interventions that are effective, but at what cost? Is it worth it?

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