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The Johns Hopkins Motor Stereotypies Behavioral Therapy Program

An instructional, parent-delivered behavioral therapy to help treat primary motor stereotypies in children.

 

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The Johns Hopkins Motor Stereotypies Behavioral Therapy Program

THE CHALLENGE

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. 

THE SOLUTION

Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a 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.

COMPONENTS
  • Instructional video download (approx. 45 minutes)
  • Parent Instruction Sheet
OUTCOMES

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.

 

DETAIL

Motor Stereotypies are divided into two major groups: “primary” indicating no other developmental abnormalities and “secondary” (associated with autism, developmental delay, sensory abnormalities, etc).  In primary CMS, the movements typically persist (Harris 2008) and parents are often concerned about their possible negative impact on psychosocial development.  In terms of treatment, there is no accepted stereotypy suppressing pharmacotherapy agent.

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For more than 125 years, Johns Hopkins has led the way in both biomedical discovery and patient and population care. Faculty research most often leads to innovative protocols, programs and services, establishing the standard by which others follow and build upon. Our goal: make these innovations available beyond our walls to improve the health outcomes of individuals and populations—within our community and throughout the world.

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