What is Athetoid Cerebral Palsy?

Athetoid cerebral palsy is characterized by slow involuntary movements, giving the appearance of restlessness. Children with athetoid cerebral palsy may find it difficult to sit and to walk because they have difficulty controlling their hands, arms, feet and legs. In addition to slow movements, they may also be quick and jerky.

Also referred to as dyskinetic cerebral palsy, it is a blanket term for several types of cerebral palsy, including choreoathetoid and dystonic CP.

Distinct Aspects Of Athetoid Cerebral Palsy

Athetoid cerebral palsy is one of the rarer types of the condition, affecting about one-quarter of people living with CP. It is distinguished by fluctuating muscle tone, going from too tight to too loose within a short timeframe. Children with athetoid cerebral palsy may feel floppy when carried, and their symptoms may become pronounced when they make deliberate movements, such as to reach for a toy or eating utensil. Since facial muscles may also be affected, children may have difficulty sucking or communicating through speech.

Parents of children with athetoid cerebral palsy share the concerns of all parents of children with CP. They want the ability to provide the best care, attention and opportunities to their loved ones. Many parents know that time is precious, and early intervention in all cases of cerebral palsy can be an important factor to ensure the strong growth and development of their child. Often, however, parents do not have the full information they need about what therapy is available nor the extensive financial resources needed to fund it.

At Campbell, Renaud Trial Lawyers we are dedicated to answering the questions posed by families of children with cerebral palsy. We are committed to helping them discover what happened to cause their child’s condition. If there may be a potential case of birth injury, where legal action can not only help a child get full and proper care but also hold those who caused the injuries to account, we will explore this option with you. Regardless of the options you choose to pursue, we will support what is in your family’s best interests.