At Sovereign Rehabilitation, we work closely with families who have children who struggle with vestibular disorders. Children who have vestibular disorders have difficulty with normal movement reactions, motion intolerance, struggle with vision issues or difficultly with motor control or experience decreased balance. If a child has issues with their vestibular system, it may or may not be a result of damage, injury or disease.
Vestibular disorders can have a profound impact on a child’s ability to develop life skills and reach milestones. If your child experiences a vestibular dysfunction early in their development, it can slow the development of their equilibrium and protective reflexes and motor control. Children will often have difficulty with sitting unsupported, standing and walking. Additionally, if your child experiences an impaired vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR), it can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to focus, making it difficult to perform in a school setting. The VOR is responsible for maintaining precise vision during rapid head movement. If your child experiences any type of vestibular dysfunction, left untreated, it can have serious and adverse affects on your child’s ability to develop properly. Sovereign Rehabilitation understands how important it is to help children who suffer from vestibular disorders. Visit with a caring team member for more information about how Sovereign Rehabilitation can help your child with vestibular rehabilitation needs.
Signs and Symptoms of Vestibular Problems
In some instances, it can be very difficult to diagnosis vestibular problems in children. This is because children find it difficult to explain their symptoms; often they do not understand the concept of vertigo or imbalance. Identifying vestibular problems in children are done with series of exams and observations. Feedback from parents regarding symptoms is also an important piece to diagnosing vestibular disorders in children.
Symptoms and Signs of a Vestibular Problem can include:
- Dizziness that coincides with visual acuity problems, most notably with head movements
- Reduced spatial relationships often revealed when a child is reading by skipping letters or words, or with a disorganized writing style
- Nystagmus (rapid eye movement, involuntary eye movement, or slow eye movement)
- Difficulty or trouble navigating in the dark
- Loss of hearing or tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Motion sickness or high sensitivity to motion or movement
- Unsteady gait, clumsiness, abnormal movement or patterns, including decreased eye-hand and eye-foot coordination, poor posture or tendency to lean, fall or tilt over
- Ear pressure
- Headaches that coincide with nausea and/or dizziness
- Developmental and reflex delays
If your child is showing signs and symptoms of vestibular problems, contact Sovereign Rehabilitation today to schedule a consultation.