Spastic Hemiplegia Cerebral Palsy What Does It Mean For My Child?
Spastic hemiplegia cerebral palsy affects only one side of the body. Typically only the arm and hand on one side of the body are affected, but it can also include the leg.
According to the National Institutes of Health, cerebral palsy children with spastic hemiplegia generally walk later and on tip-toe because of tight heel tendons. The arm and leg of the affected side are frequently shorter and thinner.
Some children with spastic hemiplegia will develop an abnormal curvature of the spine (scoliosis). Depending on the location of the brain damage, a child with spastic hemiplegia may also have seizures.
Speech will often be delayed and, at best, may be competent, but intelligence is usually normal.