Many children make slightly unusual, repetitive and predictable movements—also called pediatric movement disorders—such as hair twirling or body rocking.
Some movement disorders are set off by stressful events, while others occur in tandem with psychological disorders. Still others are primarily physiological in nature. Although the vast majority of cases disappear with time and require no treatment, if the movements become disruptive and affect the ability of a child to function well at home or at school, parents may decide to seek advice and treatment from a pediatrician or a pediatric neurologist.
Our pediatric neurologists at Yale Medicine are experienced at diagnosing and treating movement disorders. We have psychologists, social workers, movement disorder specialists and neurosurgeons available to evaluate patients, and we offer therapy options that are hard to find anywhere else.