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Assessment Tools for Sleep/Wake Behaviours

The following tools have been created to guide clinicians as they complete sleep assessments of children and youth with challenging/disruptive sleep/wake behaviours.

We are proposing to address the current main challenge in paediatric sleep medicine, namely not knowing what factors directly impact sleep and in consequence daytime behaviours, by applying a thorough “listening, observing, exploring, describing” approach. This approach is relevant for relatively less well-known sleep disorders, such as Willis Ekbom Disease or Restless Legs Syndrome (WED/RLS), which might occur with specific movement patterns (such as jerky kicking movements) and where the direct impact on sleep quality and daytime behaviours has yet to be determined.

1. General Clinical Sleep Assessment Package for Clinicians

The following materials are to be filled out by the clinician, through a semi-structured interview with the child and parent/caregiver(s), during a patient assessment. The domains (Bedtime, Excessive Daytime Behaviours, Awakening During the Night, Regularity & Sleep Duration, and Sleep-Disordered Breathing) correspond to the BEARS-domains in the Pre-Assessment-Package, which parents/caregivers have received and have already filled out prior to attending your clinic. The purpose of these materials is to capture the patient's main sleep/wake-problems and concerns of the child and their family in a structured way, and make decisions about further investigations.

2. RLS/WED Package for Clinicians

The following package contains 2 categories of forms: one for semi-structured interviewing and one for capturing observations of the child and parent/caregiver(s) during a patient assessment. The purpose of these materials is to capture Restless Legs Syndrome/Willis-Ekbom Disease (RLS/WED), which is an easily treatable disorder.


RLS vs. GP assessment


RLS vs. GP criteria

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Suggested Clinical Immobilization Test (Clinician Copy)

For further follow-up materials to keep track of relevant and important sleep/wake-problem information after a patient's visit with a healthcare professional, please see our Further Documentation page.

If you have any questions or concerns about any of our assessment tools, we welcome you to contact us directly through our contact page.