AIM The aim of this article is to describe a subgroup of children who presented with stereotyped movements in the context of episodes of intense imagery. This is of relevance to current discussions regarding the clinical usefulness of diagnosing motor stereotypies during development. METHOD The sample consisted of 10 children (nine males, one female; mean age 8y 6mo [SD 2y 5mo], range 6–15y). Referrals were from acute paediatricians, neurologists, and tertiary epilepsy services. Children were assessed by multidisciplinary teams with expertise in paediatric movement disorders. RESULTS Stereotypies presented as paroxysmal complex movements involving upper and lower limbs. Imagery themes typically included computer games (60%), cartoons/films (40%), and fantasy scenes (30%). Comorbid developmental difficulties were reported for 80% of children. Brain imaging and electrophysiological investigations had been conducted for 50% of the children before referral to the clinic. INTERPRETATION The descriptive term ‘intense imagery movements’ (IIM) was applied if (after interview) the children reported engaging in acts of imagery while performing stereotyped movements. We believe these children may form a common and discrete stereotypy subgroup, with the concept of IIM being clinically useful to ensure the accurate diagnosis and clinical management of this paediatric movement disorder.

Intense imagery movements: a common and distinct paediatric subgroup of motor stereotypies / Robinson, S.; M., Woods; Cardona, Francesco Carmelo Giovanni; V., Baglioni; T., Hedderly. - In: DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE & CHILD NEUROLOGY. - ISSN 1469-8749. - STAMPA. - 56:12(2014), pp. 1212-1218. [10.1111/dmcn.12518]

Intense imagery movements: a common and distinct paediatric subgroup of motor stereotypies.

S. Robinson;CARDONA, Francesco Carmelo Giovanni;
2014

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AIM The aim of this article is to describe a subgroup of children who presented with stereotyped movements in the context of episodes of intense imagery. This is of relevance to current discussions regarding the clinical usefulness of diagnosing motor stereotypies during development. METHOD The sample consisted of 10 children (nine males, one female; mean age 8y 6mo [SD 2y 5mo], range 6–15y). Referrals were from acute paediatricians, neurologists, and tertiary epilepsy services. Children were assessed by multidisciplinary teams with expertise in paediatric movement disorders. RESULTS Stereotypies presented as paroxysmal complex movements involving upper and lower limbs. Imagery themes typically included computer games (60%), cartoons/films (40%), and fantasy scenes (30%). Comorbid developmental difficulties were reported for 80% of children. Brain imaging and electrophysiological investigations had been conducted for 50% of the children before referral to the clinic. INTERPRETATION The descriptive term ‘intense imagery movements’ (IIM) was applied if (after interview) the children reported engaging in acts of imagery while performing stereotyped movements. We believe these children may form a common and discrete stereotypy subgroup, with the concept of IIM being clinically useful to ensure the accurate diagnosis and clinical management of this paediatric movement disorder.
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