Childhood Habit Behaviors and Stereotypic Movement Disorder Workup

Updated: Dec 04, 2015
  • Author: Cynthia R Ellis, MD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Approach Considerations

Although no specific activity limitations are needed in the treatment of a child with a habit disorder, some situations and contexts may perpetuate habitlike behaviors. Therefore, a functional behavioral assessment by a psychologist can help determine the types of activities that may occur in conjunction with habitlike behaviors or exacerbate such behaviors.

Consultation with a developmental-behavioral pediatrician, a child psychologist, or a child psychiatrist may be indicated.