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Published: November 23, 2023

Does My Child Need a Pediatric Movement Disorder Specialist?

Pediatric Movement disorders can arise from various factors, including stressful circumstances, psychological issues, or physiological causes. While some of these disorders may resolve on their own without the need for treatment, others can significantly impact a child's daily life, hindering their performance at home or school. In such cases, it is crucial for parents' guidance from a pediatric neurologist.

Children with autism spectrum disorders often exhibit repetitive movements or unusual postures as a form of communication. While autism itself doesn't directly cause abnormal movement disorders, these behaviors can result from impaired language function in affected children.

As a parent, prioritizing your child's health is paramount. If you observe concerns related to your child's motor skills or coordination, seeking specialized care becomes essential. This article will delve into pediatric movement disorders, their impact on children, and why consulting experts at NJPNI's Pediatric Movement Disorders Center could be the optimal choice for your child's well-being.

What Pediatric Movement Disorder Affects Children the Most?

Pediatric movement disorders encompass a range of conditions that can affect a child's ability to control their movements effectively. Among the various movement disorders, two are commonly seen in children: Parkinsonism and Ataxia.

Parkinsonism in Children

While Parkinsonism is typically associated with older adults, it can also affect children. Pediatric Parkinsonism is a rare condition characterized by motor symptoms such as tremors, stiffness, and bradykinesia (slowness of movement). These symptoms can significantly impact a child's daily life, making it challenging to perform tasks like walking, writing, or even playing. Understanding and managing pediatric Parkinsonism requires specialized expertise, which is available at NJPNI's Pediatric Movement Disorders Center.

Ataxia in Children

Ataxia is another movement disorder seen in children, which affects their coordination and balance. Children with ataxia may have difficulty walking steadily, controlling their hand movements, or maintaining posture. Ataxia can result from various underlying causes, including genetic conditions or neurological disorders. Early diagnosis and intervention are crucial for children with ataxia to optimize their development and quality of life.

What Is the Approach to Pediatric Movement Disorder?

Understanding and managing pediatric movement disorders require a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach. Here are some essential aspects of addressing these disorders:

  • Early Diagnosis: Timely diagnosis is vital to initiate appropriate treatment and support. Parents and caregivers should be vigilant about recognizing unusual movements or signs of motor dysfunction in their children.
  • Specialized Evaluation: Consultation with a pediatric neurologist or movement disorder specialist is essential. These experts have the knowledge and experience to assess the child's condition thoroughly.
  • Diagnostic Tests: Depending on the suspected disorder, various diagnostic tests such as brain imaging, genetic testing, and electromyography (EMG) may be required to pinpoint the underlying cause.
  • Customized Treatment Plans: Once the diagnosis is confirmed, a tailored treatment plan is developed. Treatment options may include medication, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and in some cases, surgical interventions.
  • Long-Term Management: Pediatric movement disorders often require ongoing management and support. Regular follow-up appointments and adjustments to the treatment plan may be necessary to address the evolving needs of the child.
  • Supportive Care: Families and caregivers play a crucial role in providing emotional support and assisting with therapy exercises and medications.

Get Specialized Care at NJPNI: The Pediatric Movement Disorders Center

When it comes to your child's health, you want the best care available. NJPNI's Pediatric Movement Disorders Center is a specialized facility dedicated to diagnosing and treating pediatric movement disorders with expertise and compassion.

Why Choose NJPNI's Pediatric Movement Disorders Center?

  • Expertise: Our center is staffed with experienced pediatric neurologists and movement disorder specialists who focus exclusively on diagnosing and treating children with movement disorders.
  • State-of-the-Art Diagnostic Tools: We have access to advanced diagnostic tools and technologies, ensuring accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plans.
  • Multidisciplinary Approach: Our team collaborates closely with other healthcare professionals, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, and genetic counselors, to provide comprehensive care.
  • Individualized Care: We understand that each child is unique, and we tailor our treatment plans to meet their specific needs, taking into account their age, symptoms, and underlying causes.
  • Supportive Environment: We offer a supportive and caring environment for both children and their families, guiding them through every step of the journey to improved movement and well-being.


Pediatric movement disorders can present challenges for children and their families. Early diagnosis and specialized care are essential to help children achieve their full potential and improve their quality of life. If you suspect that your child may be experiencing a movement disorder, don't hesitate to seek help from a pediatric movement disorder specialist at NJPNI's Pediatric Movement Disorders Center. Our team is dedicated to providing the expertise and support needed to navigate these complex conditions and help your child thrive. Your child's health and well-being are our top priorities.

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