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Ola i Dorota Tiny Sleepyhead

We are Ola and Dorota. We have many years of experience in working with children and we are consultants for children’s sleep. We have completed the Gentle Sleep Coach course – the first and most developed professional sleep learning program available on the global market. We have a university degree in psychology and nursing, but we are constantly gaining new knowledge and raising our competences. We wish to use this background to improve the quality of the child’s sleep without the use of crying methods.

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Ola

Ola Wysocka Tiny Sleepyhead

My name is Aleksandra (Ola)  Wysocka. I am a mother and I have a Master in psychology. I lived and worked in different parts of the world until I finally settled down in Amsterdam. In 2015, I became the first child sleep consultant in the Netherlands with the American Gentle Sleep Coach certificate. Since then, I have helped hundreds of families recover healthy sleep. I have been working with children for over 15 years, and I gained experience as a carer of children with disabilities, an assistant in integration kindergartens, organizer of art workshops and a professional nanny.

 

In August 2019, I created Creative Mama Tribe – a platform for mothers who would like to make contact with other moms. Creative Mama Workshop provides prenatal and postpartum support for mothers. Participants can exchange experiences, share knowledge and connect with themselves, and simply spend time express through art.

In my free time I am a passionate crafter. I love working with paper, book binding and playing with natural dye fabrics to create nature journals. You can find my crafts on Instagram @paper_craft_market.

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Ola Wysocka Tiny Sleepyhead

Dorota

Dorota Nowogrodzka Tiny Sleepyhead Polska

My name is Dorota Nowogrodzka. I am a nursing graduate at the Medical University of Warsaw, and currently, I am studying pedagogy at the University of Warsaw. As the first in Poland, I completed a comprehensive American Gentle Sleep Coach course, confirmed by a certificate. The training included learning how to sleep coach children from 6 months and a program for newborns from the first day of life to the end of 6 months. My education also includes the course of the National Health Fund Academy about breastfeeding – training for medical staff.

I gained experience as a volunteer supporting people with disabilities, a group teacher in a nursery and a nurse in a primary school with pre-school departments. In my free time, I love watching movies, playing board games and learning Japanese language and culture.

Gentle Sleep
Coach Program

The Gentle Sleep Coach Program is the first and most extensive professional sleep coach training and certification program available. The program involves over 80 hours of training with a faculty panel that includes 2 medical doctors, a psychologist, an attorney, lactation counselor, postpartum doulas and a family therapist. Each coach must pass an exam and participate in case supervision with Kim West, LCSW-C (a.k.a. “the Sleep Lady”) who has been helping tired parents for over 17 years. Clinical supervision and ongoing advanced training are required to maintain certification as a Gentle Sleep Coach. Some of training topics include:

  • Basic counseling and child development
  • Sleep science and behavioral modification techniques to help parents of children age 0 to 6 years old
  • Secure attachment theory
  • Support for the breastfeeding mother

The training also consisted of lectures from top specialists, including:

  • Postpartum Depression from Dr Shoshana Bennett, author and leading specialist on Postpartum Depression
  • Medical Conditions and Sleep Apnea in Children led by Dr Lewis Kass, Director of Children’s Sleep Center
  • GURD and Sleep led by Dr Anthony Loizides, pediatric gastroentrologist

Gentle Sleep Coach Program

No cry-it-out

The GSC Program also includes an exclusive advanced training series specifically focused on how to gently work with babies 4 and 5 months of age. This program, which I have also completed, consists of over 40 hours of instruction and mentorship.
Some of the curriculum training topics include:

  • In depth knowledge of the delicate nature of infants under 6 months of age and how to consider all elements of their well-being
  • Current evidence based guidelines and instruction on how to evaluate the 4-6 month old child and family and determine if the child is ready for sleep coaching
  • Gentle sleep solutions and strategies that are effective and developmentally appropriate for the younger baby. This specialty training is designed to give coaches the knowledge, education and all the tools and resources they need to successfully work with families of babies 4-6 months of age in a safe, healthy and developmentally appropriate manner

As a professional Gentle Sleep Coach we do not believe in the cry-it-out method and a one size fits all.

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