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Motor Stereotypies Therapy

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A behavioral therapy video to support parents of children with primary motor stereotypies.


Primary, or complex, motor stereotypies are the purposeless, rhythmic body, hand or arm movements made over and over by children who are otherwise developing normally. Primary motor stereotypies typically begin in early childhood and, although reduced in frequency and duration, persist at least through the teenage years. There is no established drug or other medical treatment for this condition.


Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a behavioral therapy program–The Johns Hopkins Motor Stereotypies Behavioral Therapy Program–for parents to use with their children between the ages of 7 and 17, which has been demonstrated to be helpful in reducing the severity of this condition.

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Results of a clinical trial showed that this parent-administered therapy is a safe and effective behavioral intervention for reducing the severity of primary motor stereotypy including a 15% reduction in SSS Motor, 24% reduction in SSS Impairment, and 20% reduction in SLAS scores and consistently favorable responses on post-treatment questionnaires.


For 130 years, Johns Hopkins Hospital has led the way in both biomedical discovery and health care, establishing the standard by which others follow and build upon. This is one of many faculty-developed programs, protocols and services provided by Johns Hopkins HealthCare Solutions to improve health outcomes and reduce the cost of care.

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