Pediatric Vestibular Rehabilitation Services

Uncommon Treatments for Common Symptoms

Everyone, from toddlers to adults, achieves balance through three separate systems that are combined in the brain:

  • Vision
  • Touch
  • Inner ear

A vestibular disorder can develop when disruption in at least one of those systems occurs. In children, teens and young adults, these disorders can have a negative impact on their growth and development.

Our vestibular rehabilitation services can help patients, birth to age 21, with these disorders through comprehensive evaluation and treatment.

Common Symptoms

The most common symptoms of a vestibular disorder in children are:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Headache/migraine
  • Balance problems
  • Delayed motor skills
  • Losing control of posture

Other symptoms of vestibular disorders include:

  • Uncoordinated, jerky limb movements
  • Vertigo, or spinning sensation
  • Double or blurred vision
  • Motion sickness
  • Frequent, unexplained falls

Common Diagnoses

Vestibular disorders can be a result of or occur in conjunction with a variety of conditions. They include:

  • Migraine
  • Hearing loss
  • Ear infections
  • Concussion

We are one of the only pediatric hospital systems in the southeast that offers vestibular rehabilitation.

  • Our Team

      Children with vestibular disorders often present differently than adults, which is why it is important for your child to see an evaluator with pediatric training.

      Our vestibular rehabilitation team includes pediatric audiologists and rehab therapists who have received special training in vestibular evaluation and therapy. Your child may not need to see both specialists.

      Our audiologists use specialized equipment to perform comprehensive evaluations. This testing, done at the Children’s Medical Office Building at Scottish Rite, helps determine which part of the balance system is causing the symptoms.

      Our rehab therapists perform a comprehensive assessment that evaluates hand-eye coordination, motor control and balance. They develop comprehensive rehabilitation plans based on that information and other diagnostic testing.

  • Our Treatment

      The earlier our team can identify a vestibular disorder, the sooner we can create an effective and comprehensive treatment plan.

      Those plans can be as brief as two visits or as long as several months, depending on the severity of the disorder.

      We offer vestibular rehabilitation therapy at three of our outpatient locations:

      - Medical Office Building at Scottish Rite
      - Children’s at Alpharetta Highway
      - Children’s at Fayette

      To help children and teens be more comfortable and stay engaged, we incorporate play and fun in their treatment. This increases the potential for a positive outcome.

      We also include the rest of the family in developing a treatment plan with exercises that can be done at home.

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Next Steps

Talk with your child's doctor regarding your concerns.

Call 404-785-7100 for more information or to set up an appointment.