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Motor Skills Disorder (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care for Motor Skills Disorder

Children with this disorder should receive treatment as early as possible to prevent secondary complications such as academic failure or social withdrawal, which are all well described but preventable consequences if intervention occurs at an early age. Any neurological or motor abnormality should be investigated fully; however, it is important to remember that different children develop normally at different rates. For example the vast majority of children who refuse to walk by 18 months of age are normal, and only a very few are diagnosed with true motor delays.

Questions to Ask the Doctor about Motor Skills Disorder

  1. Have other medical conditions that may cause my child's symptoms been ruled out?
  2. What kind of therapy is available for my child? What is your experience with patients who have received this type of therapy? What specific measures do you recommend?
  3. What is my child's long-term prognosis (outlook)?
  4. What kind of measures can we implement at home to improve long-term functioning and well-being?
  5. Where can I find more information about this condition and how to best help my child?

A referral for occupational and physical therapy services may be needed when local educational authorities do not have sufficient staffing to provide appropriate services.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/9/2015

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