Motor Skills Disorder Glossary of Terms

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ADHD: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Assistive technology: This term may be used to mean an assistive device, but more commonl...

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: A disorder in which a person is unable to contro...

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Autism: A spectrum of neuropsychiatric disorders characterized by deficits in social inter...

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Cerebral: Of or pertaining to the cerebrum or the brain.

Cerebral palsy: An abnormality of motor function (the ability to move and control movement...

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Cognitive: Having to do with thought, judgment, or knowledge.

Diagnosis: 1 The nature of a disease; the identification of an illness. 2 A ...

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Dyspraxia: According to the Dyspraxia Foundation, dyspraxia is an impairment of the organi...

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Essential: In medicine, of unknown cause, as in essential hypertension (high blood pressur...

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Hyperactivity: A higher than normal level of activity. An organ can be described as hyper...

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Hypertonia: Increased tightness of muscle tone and reduced capacity of the muscle to stret...

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Hypotonia: Decreased muscle tone and strength that results in floppiness. Hypotonia is a c...

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Intervention: The act of intervening, interfering or interceding with the intent of modify...

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Metabolic: Relating to metabolism, the whole range of biochemical processes that occur wit...

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Motor: Something that produces or refers to motion. For example, a motor neuron is a nerve...

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Muscular: Having to do with the muscles. Also, endowed with above average muscle developme...

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Muscular dystrophy: One of a group of genetic diseases characterized by progressive weakne...

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Nail: In medicine, there are two types of nails. One is just a plain old metal nail used t...

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Neurological: Having to do with the nerves or the nervous system as, for example, a neurol...

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Obesity: The state of being well above one's normal weight.

Occupational therapist: A licensed health professional who is trained to evaluate patients...

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Palsy: Paralysis, generally partial, whereby a local body area is incapable of voluntary m...

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Physical therapist: A person who is trained and certified by a state or accrediting body t...

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Physical therapy: A branch of rehabilitative health that uses specially designed exercises...

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Prematurity: Historically, the definition of prematurity was 2500 grams (about 5 1/2 pound...

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Prognosis: The forecast of the probable outcome or course of a disease; the patient's chan...

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Psychosis: In the general sense, a mental illness that markedly interferes with a person'...

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Referral: The recommendation of a medical or paramedical professional. If you get a refer...

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Resolution: In genetics, the degree of molecular detail on a physical map of DNA. Resoluti...

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Sensory: Relating to sensation, to the perception of a stimulus, to the voyage made by inc...

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Sensory integration: A form of occupational therapy in which special exercises are used ...

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Superficial: In anatomy, on the surface or shallow. As opposed to deep. The skin is superf...

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Syndrome: A combination of symptoms and signs that together represent a disease process.

Therapeutic: Relating to therapeutics, the branch of medicine that is concerned specifical...

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Therapy: The treatment of disease. Therapy is synonymous with treatment.

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