Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders with multiple causes that result in impaired function of the developing brain.The types of cerebral palsy that your child may be suffering from include:

» Spastic Cerebral Palsy—leads to stiffness & movement difficulties
» Athetoid Cerebral Palsy—causes to involuntary & uncontrolled movements
» Ataxic Cerebral Palsy—leads to a disturbed sense of balance & depth perception
» Hypotonic Cerebral Palsy—low tone and motor impairment

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Treating Cerebral Palsy

Pediatric Neurology Associates has many years of experience in treating cerebral palsy. When treating cerebral palsy, you will not only need the help of our practice, but you will also need the help of other medical professionals. Some of the most common forms of treating the effects of cerebral palsy include:

» Surgery
» Physical Therapy
» Therapy for Social & Emotional Development
» Medication
» Speech Therapy
» Specialized Education

What Are Tics?

Tics are sudden, repetitive movements and sounds that are difficult, if not impossible, to control. If your child or adolescent experiences sudden, uncontrollable behavior like this, you are likely asking yourself, "What are tics and how do we handle them?"

Pediatric Neurological Associates can help you determine if your child is suffering from a tic disorder, like Tourette's, as well as provide them with guidance on how to reduce the effects these tics have on their life. If your child is repeatedly doing any of the following, they may have a tic disorder:

» Nose Wrinkling
» Head Twitching
» Eye Blinking
» Lip Biting
» Facial Grimacing
» Obsessive Touching
» Kicking
» Jumping
» Throat Clearing
» Grunting
» Sniffing
» Coughing

Common Sign of Tourettes in Children

Tourettes syndrome is a neurological disorder in which a person experiences both motor and vocal tics. Pediatric Neurological Associates has estensive experience in helping treat tourettes in children.

Some of the warning signs that your child or teen is dealing with Tourette's include:

» Tics Become Worse When Child Is under Stress
» Tic Changes into a Completely Different Tic
» Child Has Tics & Trouble Sleeping
» Motor & Vocal Tics That Persist Longer than a Year
»  Showing Signs of Tics, & Is also Diagnosed with ADHD or OCD

To learn more about conditions like cerebral palsy, tics, and tourettes, contact Pediatric Neurology Associates! We have multiple locations throughout the region and serve on staff at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Tampa.