As a result of a lack of oxygen, he sustained brain injury and now suffers from a severe athetoid
quadriplegic cerebral palsy.
Extra-pyramidal forms may be further classified in sub-types: athetoid
(slow writhing movements), dystonic (contortions of limbs and/or trunk, often with very slow writhing movement), rigid (no writhing movement, but stiff and clumsy movements), and ataxic (an unbalanced walk).
Several months later, she was diagnosed with athetoid
cerebral palsy among other special needs.
On the other hand, children with athetoid
CP who consume more calories than what is normally necessary to maintain weight, tend to be underweight due to increased energy expenditure through involuntary movements.
Ken Johnson offers a strong rebuttal to the long-held belief that individuals with athetoid
cerebral palsy have no place in competitive sports.
In children with an athetoid
component the "fine tuning" required to coordinate reaching, grasping and releasing may be missing.
David Lee Williams, 27, who has severe cerebral palsy (spastic and athetoid
quadriplegia), presents a "hot appendix.
Children with athetoid
cerebral palsy generally have too little tone most of the time, with sudden bursts of too much tone.
Assistive technology, augmentative and alternative communication, voice output communication aids, environmental controls, power mobility -- none of this was available when our daughter Nancy was diagnosed with athetoid
cerebral palsy in 1969 at 15 months.
Jan has athetoid
and spastic cerebral palsy, affecting voluntary muscle movement throughout his body.
One group that we ran at Harperbury Hospital was for physically handicapped patients that suffered from athetoid
disability, but were quite intelligent and very aware of their situation.
The 13-year-old was diagnosed with severe athetoid
cerebral palsy shortly after he was born.