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Movement Disorders in Children

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Children with movement disorders have unwanted movements or trouble moving in the way they intend to. The term “movement disorders” is broad and includes a wide variety of conditions with a wide variety of causes. While children with paralysis or spasticity also have difficulty moving, movement disorders are different in that the abnormal movements are “extra” or added on to movements children intend to make.

Movement disorders can affect a single or multiple parts of the body, and may change in location and severity over time. The abnormal movements may seem to happen on their own, or they may occur only when the child is moving or trying to make a specific kind of movement. Sometimes the movements are more apparent at certain times of day, or have specific triggers or situations that make them worse.

The causes of movement disorders are an area of active current study, but in general, they are believed to stem from an abnormality in the way information about movement is transferred between brain areas, rather than from injury to any single area. 

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