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Pediatr Neurol. 2009 Apr;40(4):258-64. doi: 10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2008.11.003.

Scale for evaluation of movement disorders in the first three years of life.

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Department of Developmental Neuroscience, Stella Maris Scientific Institute, Calambrone, Pisa, Italy.


Most rating scales to assess movement disorders in children were mainly designed for adult patients, and are limited to a single type of disorder. A new scale for developmental age, the Movement Disorder-Childhood Rating Scale, was recently designed and validated for children and adolescents aged 4-18 years. We introduce a new version of this scale, the Movement Disorder-Childhood Rating Scale 0-3, suitable for application in children aged <4 years. The scale was tested for reliability and consistency in 40 children (aged 0.3-3.6 years) with different types of movement disorders. The results indicate high interrater agreement on each item, and a high degree of internal consistency on several proposed items. The scale can be used to assess and monitor young children with movement disorders during specific treatments.

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