Course 4: Abnormal movements during sleep in children

Arthur Walters, Rosalia Silvestri

The course will provide a comprehensive review of the movements during sleep in children. There is a large spectrum of disorders like restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movements during sleep, paroxysmal events during sleep like disorders of arousals and epilepsy. Speakers are expected to provide basic and advanced aspects on the different disorders defining the diagnostic criteria, the differential diagnosis and the adequate treatment.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this CME activity, participants should be able to:
• Identify the clinical picture of the different movement disorders during sleep
• Make a correct diagnosis of the disorders
• Understand the criteria to define the limb movements during sleep
• Identify the better treatment options
• Describe the comorbidity of restless legs syndrome

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


01:00pm – 01:10pm Introduction, A. Walters (USA)
01:10pm – 01:40pm The clinical manifestation of RLS in childhood, R. Silvestri (Italy)
01:40pm – 02:10pm RLS and growing pains, A. Walters (USA)
02:10pm – 02:40pm Pharmacological treatment of RLS and PLMS, E. Konofal (France)
02:40pm – 03:00pm Coffee Break
03:00pm – 03:30pm Sleepwalking and RBD in children, R. Lopez (France)
03:30pm – 04:00pm Paroxysmal motor events during sleep: Differential diagnosis, L. Nobili (Italy)
04:00pm – 04:30pm Rhythmic movement disorders during sleep, M. Zucconi (Italy)
04:30pm – 04:40pm Group Discussion