What is Ataxic Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral Palsy Types
Ataxic cerebral palsy is the least common type of CP and it is indicated by weak muscle tone. Ataxic cerebral palsy is characterized by problems with balance, coordination, depth perception, and may also include shakiness or tremors. People who live with ataxic CP will often walk with a wide gait in order to maintain balance, and they may experience involuntary movement that interferes with the fine motor skills required to perform everyday tasks such as teeth brushing, shoe tying and writing with a pen.
Living with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
Like many forms of cerebral palsy, the degree of severity of ataxic CP varies widely from one child to another. While some require intensive and ongoing physical and speech therapy to minimize symptoms, others may experience only minor inconveniences.
Since therapeutic regimens can be largely successful for children with ataxic cerebral palsy, early intervention is important. Once a diagnosis of CP is made, parents may have the opportunity to participate in treatment through child development centres. For many families, however, treatment and resources provided by the public system are insufficient to ensure their children make the longest strides possible while living with this condition.
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