School Absences and Fatigue

What you need to know


  • Children with SMS may be absent due to illness and/or medical appointments.


  • Sleep disturbances are characterized by fragmented and shortened sleep cycles with frequent nocturnal and early morning awakening and excessive day-time sleepiness.

What you can do

  • Help to make transitions in and out of school as seamless as possible.
  • Help provide a supportive educational environment. This may include fining a space where the child can rest or take breaks throughout the day.
  • Be aware that a child with SMS may need to take medication to manage his or her sleep disorder.