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Featured Course: The Importance of Sleep in Early Life Brain Development

“A fascinating and very informative presentation! This helps to solidify the importance of facilitating sleep (good sleep) in the NICU environment to optimize brain development.” – Course participant

 The Importance of Sleep in Early Life Brain Development

Speaker: Jeroen Dudink, MD, PhD, is a Dutch neonatologist and Associate Professor of neonatal neurology at the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital, University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands.

After his medical training in Leuven (Belgium), he received his PhD in neonatal neuroimaging, and he did a Master’s in Neuroscience at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He spent a visiting year doing neonatal neuroimaging research at the Hammersmith Hospital (Imperial College).

Currently, he is working as a clinical scientist combining clinical care and research and his main research topic is neonatal sleep, in relation to early brain development. He is Chair of the Dutch-Flemish Working Group of Neonatal Neurology and he recently became chair of the Dutch Association of Child and Sleep. He is also co-chairing the University’s theme’s Early Childhood (Dynamics of Youth) and Developmental Disorders (University Utrecht). His expertise is in neonatal neuroimaging and neuromonitoring.

Course Description: This 1 hour course will discuss neonatal sleep physiology, the link between sleep and early brain development, ways to quantify neonatal sleep, and possible ways to optimize sleep in the first months after birth.


1. Identify the different sleep states in neonates (active sleep, quiet sleep, intermediate (indeterminate) sleep).

2. List the current scientific insights of the importance of sleep for early life brain development.

3. Compare at least three methods to measure sleep quantity and quality in neonates and infants (benefits/pitfalls).

Target Audience : OT, PT, SLP, RN, MD, and Neonatal professionals

CE Credit: 1 hour for PT, OT, SLP

Access: Available to NANT Members only & located in Member Hub – My Courses

Level: Intermediate

Instructional Method: Recorded webinar, lecture, PowerPoint slides, and recorded question and answer session. Learning assessment and course evaluation follow the course.

Thanks again to Dr. Dudink for sharing his knowledge, research, and passion with our community.

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“Wonderful clinical application to our practice as neonatal therapists! Really appreciated all of the resources and tools that can be integrated into our practice, as well as well as future upcoming developments.” – Course participant