During night terrors, suggest a "replacement dream"
Jill in Atlanta's loving, creative response to her son's night terrors:
One of my boys often wakes us in the night screaming. ("No! No!") Sometimes he's awake but usually he's still asleep. I've tried all sorts of things but the best solution I've found is to "replace" his dream with a new one. I talk to him quietly saying things like "No! No! Come back, helicopter! We want to take a helicopter ride! The helicopter IS coming back and you get to take a helicopter ride! You climb into it and you and Teddy sit down and get ready for the helicopter ride! The helicopter is going up! You and Teddy get to be in the helicopter!" Got the idea? (Can you tell he's really into helicopters?) I hope that my repetition will help cement the idea in his head and replace whatever was traumatizing him before. I'm optimistic that he'll start sleeping through the night sometime before he leaves for college. P. S. Guided imagery also helps him get calm enough to fall asleep at night when he's particularly wired.