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June 2023

Neurodevelopmental Disorders & Sleep – An Update for Primary Care

This event took place on Tuesday 12 October 2021
This webinar highlights effective treatment options for children who present with neurodevelopmental and sleep disorders. Watch on-demand, expert speakers including Dr Ann-Marie Soares, Dr Benjamin Marlow and Dr Helen Alabede as they explore the evidence-base for the management of insomnia in young people with ASD, as well as reviewing local shared care guidelines regarding treatment options for sleep difficulties in children and adolescents. The presentations are followed by a Q&A.


Welcome and Introduction, Dr Ann-Marie Soares, GP Partner, Ambrose Avenue Group Practice. North East Essex CCG Mental Health Clinical Lead
Management of Sleep Difficulties in Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Dr Benjamin Marlow, Consultant Paediatrician (Neurodisability) East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust. Clinical Lead for Paediatrics North East Essex CCG
Local Shared Care Guidelines for the Treatment of Sleep Difficulties in Children and Adolescents – An Update,Dr Helen Alabede, Consultant Paediatrician, East Suffolk, and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Questions and Discussion

Meet the Speakers

Dr Ann-Marie Soares
Dr Ann-Marie Soares
MRCGP BSc DRCOG DCH DFFP, GP Partner Ambrose Avenue group practice Colchester, GP clinical mental health lead North East Essex CCG, GP End of life champion St Helena hospice

Dr Soares trained at University College Hospital, London completing her GP training in St Albans and Hemel Hempstead. Dr Soares has been a GP partner for 25 years, initially in Braintree moving to Colchester. As a CCG mental health lead, she has been part of the North East Essex neurodevelopmental steering group working with Dr Helen Alabede and Dr Ben Marlow.

Dr Benjamin Marlow
Dr Benjamin Marlow
Consultant Community Paediatrician, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS FT

Dr Ben Marlow is a Paediatric Consultant with an interest in neurodevelopment having completed his special interest (SPIN) training in neuro-disability at Cambridge and Luton. He joined the team at Colchester General Hospital, Essex, in 2019. He is Research Lead for the department and head of the East of England Research Group for Community Paediatrics.

Dr Marlow has worked in the NHS for nearly 10 years, having completed his medical training at University College London (UCL). Prior to his role as a doctor, he completed a Masters in Biochemistry and worked for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and UCB Pharma in Research and Development. He also completed a research fellowship at the University of Florida.

Ben has a keen interest in the neurobiology of neurodevelopmental disorders, especially the fields of neuroimmunology and metabolism. He is very keen to help advocate and advance the translation of science into treatments for children with neurodisabling conditions, particularly within the field of Autism. At the beginning of 2020 he was awarded the Gupta Foundation Young Researcher Award and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) local research network principal investigator support funding. He has a keen interest in teaching and has completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education (PGCME). Dr Marlow is a Member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, British Association of Childhood Disability (BACD) and British Paediatric Neurology Association (BPNA).

He is also a regular writer for the publication ‘Autism Eye’.

Dr Helen Alabede
Dr Helen Alabede
Consultant Community Paediatrician, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS FT

Dr Alabede has been a Consultant at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust since September 2016, having completed much of her training here, alongside Chelmsford, Harlow and Addenbrookes.

The majority of Dr Alabede’s work is general community paediatrics, such as developmental delay and children with syndromes, as well as neuro-behavioural conditions such as autism and ADHD.

Dr Alabede also works out of hours in the paediatric department at Colchester General Hospital and has an interest in education and simulation.

What will the webinar cover?

Key learning objectives

  • To raise awareness of the effective management and treatment options available when dealing with children who present with neurodevelopmental and sleep disorders
  • To explore the evidence-base for the management of insomnia in children and young people with ASD
  • To provide an update on local shared care guidelines for the treatment of sleep difficulties in children and adolescents