I posted a few times before, as we suspect my 22 month old dtr is on the spectrum. She has always been a terrible sleeper but lately its started to escalate and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions?
Typical sleep pattern is 11:30pm - 12:30am falls asleep, up by 8:30am, wakes between 5-6am and wants a bottle (the only time we oblige because if we don't she simply won't go back to sleep). Will only nap in the daytime if she is in the car going for a ride, and then it must be after 5pm and I try to have her back up by 6:30 at the latest.
If I put her down for a nap in her pack and play during the day and I am visible she will scream/tantrum non stop. If I leave the room and am out of her sight she will sit and play with her hands and talk to herself until I return...and this can go on for hours. I have tried numerous times to get a good routine but it doesn't seem to matter to her, and I feel horrible just letting her sit alone in a pack and play for 2 hours when shes not going to nap anyway. Especially now knowing that I need to try and engage her as much as possible.
Knowing now that sleep issues can be related to ASD I was wondering if anyone here had advice as to what I could do to help her out? The other evening she didn't fall asleep until 2:30am and was back up at 8am and thats just no good for anyone....her or us.