Parents of children with behavioral issues should pay attention to the quality of their children's sleep. Pediatric sleep apnea isn't like adult apnea. For children,surgery is usually the first line of treatment, and can make a tremendous difference, as the story below illustrates.
I have a blog-friend, David "Treppenwitz" Bogner, who lives in Israel with his wife, Zahava, and three children. Their youngest, Yonah, had some issues with delayed speech and sensory integration. Last September, Yonah had a sleep study and then surgery in May, to remove his tonsils and adenoids. The recovery was uneventful.
But the outcome was almost miraculous. As David wrote, it's like Yonah 2.0.
Like magic we watched as, day by day, Yonah became more interactive and conversational. He went from frustrated grunts and monosyllabic responses to direct questions, to being an inquisitive chatterbox... asking us about things he'd overheard and even about idioms we used that he didn't understand.
Sleep apnea can lead to behavioral issues, and subtle hearing impairment can leave the child with both speech and behavior issues.
Check it out. And hurray for Yonah!