Course 1: Pediatric insomnia: What’s new?

Judith Owens, Oliviero Bruni

A comprehensive review of key features of pediatric insomnia. There is a need to define new approaches in the treatment of insomnia in typically developing children and in children with special needs. The increasing demand of support by parents of children with chronic insomnia lead to rethink the non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatment of this disorder. Speakers are expected to provide basic and advanced aspects on specific topics that also include the neurobehavioral and neurocognitive consequences of insomnia, the impact on the family, the influence of media, the specific features of insomnia in children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this CME activity, participants should be able to:
• Identify the clinical picture of insomnia at the different ages.
• Diagnose the different kind of insomnia
• Identify better treatment options in typically developing children and in children with neurodevelopmental disabilities
• Describe the comorbidity between insomnia and different neuropsychiatric conditions

Target Audience
This course is intended for pediatricians, sleep clinicians, nurses, fellows and students involved in the management of insomnia in children.


09:00am – 09:10am Introduction, J. Owens (USA)
09:10am – 09:40am Clinically oriented subtyping of chronic insomnia of childhood, O. Bruni (Italy)
09:40am – 10:10am Comorbidity of insomnia, J. Owens (USA)
10:10am – 10:40am The impact of insomnia in the family environment, K. Lushington (Australia)
10:40am – 11:00am Coffee Break
11:00am – 11:30am Non-pharmacological treatment of insomnia in early childhood, L. Tikotzky (Israel)
11:30am – 12:00pm Pharmacological treatment of insomnia, O. Bruni (Italy)
12:00pm – 12:40pm Interactive case discussions around complex childhood insomnia: Putting it all into practice, P. Gringras (UK), C. Tyack (UK)
12:40pm – 01:00pm Group Discussion