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New Research Supports Therapy for Children with Complex Motor Stereotypies

Fri, 27 Jul 2018

Primary, or complex, motor stereotypies (CMS) are the purposeless, rhythmic body, hand or arm movements made over and over by children who are otherwise developing normally. There is no medication available to treat CMS.  Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a behavioral therapy program–The Johns Hopkins Motor Stereotypies Behavioral Therapy Programwhich has been demonstrated to be helpful in reducing the severity of this condition.  Previous research has demonstrated the effectiveness of this program, provided either in person by a therapist or via a home-based, parent-directed program.

Johns Hopkins researchers have now evaluated the effectiveness of a combined program that incorporates both parent-directed therapy and interaction with a behavioral therapist.  This combined program includes home-based, parent-provided therapy accompanied by scheduled telephone calls with a therapist.  Their findings, published in the journal Pediatric Neurology, describe the improved efficacy of the combined behavioral approach.  Read the full Pubmed article here.

Learn more about the Johns Hopkins Motor Stereotypies Behavioral Therapy solution.