Ataxic Cerebral Palsy Overview

Ataxic Cerebral Palsy, also known as Ataxic CP, can be caused by a several factors.  As with most forms of cerebral palsy, it is usually brought on by brain damage during pregnancy, delivery, or even after birth.  Although symptoms can develop at birth, for the most part, Ataxic Cerebral Palsy is most commonly diagnosed in children between three and eighteen months old.

One of nine forms of cerebral palsy, Ataxic CP is one of the rarer forms of it.  It can be less disabling than other more severe forms of cerebral palsy but can still limit a patient’s life.  One of the most common symptoms include a loss of coordination defined by a difficulty walking or gait.  Most patients walk by planting their feet an unusual distance apart, some are confined to wheelchairs, while others use the aid of walking devices.

Other common traits of those with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy include hypotonic, or poor/low muscle tone as well as limited vision and hearing.  People with Ataxic CP can also appear unsteady or even shaky, especially when reaching for objects.  It can also cause mental retardation, though the majority of those with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy are not affected in their general intelligence.