Ataxic Cerebral Palsy Definition

The word “ataxic” is derived from the word “ataxia,” or Greek for “without order or coordination.”  The words “cerebral” and “palsy” are derived from the words for “brain” and “spasms.”  Combined, the words define a form of cerebral palsy that is marked by the uneven or uncoordinated movements of the patient who had Ataxic Cerebral Palsy.  First discovered in 1843, cerebral palsy was called Little’s Disease after the first surgeon who diagnosed it.