Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
Children who have ataxic cerebral palsy number around 5% of cerebral palsy sufferers making it the least common type.
Ataxic cerebral palsy is onset after damage to the cerebellum shortly before during or following birth and is often diagnosed up to the age of 4 years old.
The part of the brain affected manages co-ordination and body movement.
A child suffering from this type ataxic CP may exhibit near normal learning although it is not uncommon for examples of learning difficulty
No two cases of Ataxic cerebral palsy are exactly the same because the the depth of of the condition can range from mild through to sever.
Ataxic cerebral palsy symptoms:
Tremors or shaking which increase in intensity when trying to control movement like reaching for something this is sometime referred to as intention tremor.
Balance problems more noticeable when walking
Weak muscles are often associated with the condition.
Wide stance or gait which is required to manage balance and control particularly when trying to make quick movement.
Frustration is can become a problem as a child is keen to perform a task may become difficult
Other common associated conditions include:
A child with ataxic cerebral palsy can benefit greatly from therapies and despite the condition being permanent appropriate therapy will improve the quality of life.
Information on this page about ataxic cerebral palsy is intended to provide an easily digestible overview of the condition and not considered as medical advice .