October 25, 2016

Prof talks about sleep tips for babies, young children with autism

Schwichtenberg A.J. Schwichtenberg
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A.J. Schwichtenberg, a Purdue assistant professor of human development and family studies, is a developmental sleep researcher who can talk about sleep schedules, routines and problems for babies and young children with autism. Schwichtenberg is one of the developmental sleep experts featured in the Pediatric Sleep Council’s new BabySleep.com website.

Her areas of expertise include:

* Sleep advice for children with autism

* Letting a baby cry and sleep attachment

* Children who wake up from naps upset

* Sudden night wakings

* Sleep terrors

* Healthy sleep habits for babies

* Jet lag and babies

* Safe bedding for babies

The Pediatric Sleep Council is an independent group of experts that provides up-to-date information to parents and caregivers about pediatric sleep. The new website was partially funded by sponsorship from Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.

Schwichtenberg also is leading an autism spectrum disorder Infant Sibling Study. This study also is part of the Autism Speaks: Baby Sibling Research Consortium, which is one of more than two-dozen sites in the nation that collects data on 4,000 families for a variety of studies of autism. Schwichtenberg’s study focuses on the roles of sleep in early autism development.

Schwichtenberg also has courtesy appointments in the departments of psychological sciences and speech, language and hearing sciences. She also is the assistant director for the Purdue Autism Cluster.

CONTACT: A.J. Schwichtenberg, ajschwichtenberg@purdue.edu 

News Service contact: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu  

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