Athetoid Cerebral Palsy
What Does It Mean For My Child?

Athetoid cerebral palsy (or athetoitic cerebral palsy) occurs in approximately 20% of cerebral palsy cases.

The term also includes dyskinetic, choreoathetoid, and dystonic cerebral palsies. It can also be referred to as extrapyramidal cerebral palsy.

This cerebral palsy type is characterized by slow, uncontrollable, and involuntary writhing movements of the hands, feet, arms, or legs. In some children, hyperactivity in the muscles of the face and tongue makes them grimace or drool.

Children with this type of cerebral palsy find it difficult to sit straight or walk. They may also have problems coordinating the muscle movements required for speaking.

Intelligence is rarely affected in these cerebral palsy children.

If your child has been diagnosed with the athetoid type of cerebral palsy, don't be overwhelmed.

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

There is hope.

To learn more about Cerebral Palsy, please investigate the following links:

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