Living with dystonia Children and dystonia How will it affect my child's life? Dystonia will affect each child differently and the impact of the dystonia on their daily lives will vary. The approach to treating the dystonia will also differ depending on the type of dystonia. Some treatments will aim to ease symptoms while others, such as physiotherapy, often focus on helping the child find the best approach possible to coping physically with their condition. You may not consider your child to be disabled, but because dystonia can interfere with day-to-day activities it is described as a disability. However, children are resilient and develop ingenious ways round the difficulties they face to ensure they have an active and fulfilling life.