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Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
Characterised by low muscle tone and poor coordination of movement this is a relatively rare form of the condition affecting less than 10% of children with cerebral palsy. It often disrupts the sense of balance and depth perception making movement difficult. Affected children often have poor coordination and walk unsteadily placing their feet unusually far apart. They have a lot of shakiness especially when they are trying to handle or hold small objects.
Children with ataxic cerebral palsy look very unsteady and because of the shaky movements and problems coordinating their muscles may take longer than other children to complete certain tasks such and writing a sentence or art projects. They may also experience intention tremors which begin when a voluntary movement, such as reaching for an object, causes a trembling that affects the body part being used and that worsens as the individual gets nearer to the desired object.
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