Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
What Does It Mean For My Child?

Ataxic cerebral palsy is rare, occurring in less than 10% of cerebral palsy cases. Those with ataxia have damage to their cerebellum that affects balance and depth perception.

Ataxic children will often have poor coordination and walk unsteadily with a wide-based gait, placing their feet unusually far apart. They have difficulty with quick or precise movements, such as writing or buttoning a shirt. It is also common to have low muscle tone (hypotonic) and difficulty with visual or auditory processing.

Children with this type of cerebral palsy may also have intention tremor, in which a voluntary movement, such as reaching for a book, is accompanied by trembling that gets worse the closer their hand gets to the object.

If you have a cerebral palsy child with ataxia, don't be overwhelmed.

There are therapies available that can help your child get better.

There is hope.

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