Sleep disorders in children with cerebral palsy: Neurodevelopmental and behavioral correlates

Domenico M. Romeo, Claudia Brogna, Michela Quintiliani, Giovanni Baranello, Emanuela Pagliano, Tiziana Casalino, Annalisa Sacco, Daniela Ricci, Maria Mallardi, Elisa Musto, Serena Sivo, Francesco Cota, Domenica Battaglia, Oliviero Bruni, Eugenio Mercuri

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ObjectivesWe aimed to estimate the frequency of sleep disorders in children with cerebral palsy (CP) using the Sleep Disturbance Scale for Children (SDSC) and to evaluate the relations between sleep disorders and motor, cognitive, and behavioral problems. Methods: One hundred and sixty-five children with CP ages 6-16. years (mean age, 11. years) were assessed using the SDSC, the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS), the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children and the Child Behavior Check List (CBCL) to assess sleep, motor, cognitive, and behavioral problems, respectively. Results: An abnormal total sleep score was found in 19% of children with CP; more than 40% of children had an abnormal score on at least one SDSC factor. The SDSC total score was significantly associated (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-218
Number of pages6
JournalSleep Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014


  • Behavioral problems
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cognitive function
  • Motor function
  • Neurodevelopment
  • Sleep disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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