Low muscle tone and poor coordination of movements is described as Ataxic Cerebral Palsy. Children with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy look very unsteady and shaky. This rare form of Cerebral Palsy affects the sense of balance and depth perception. Affected persons often have poor coordination and walk unsteadily with a wide based gait, placing their feet unusually far apart.
Symptoms of Ataxic Cerebral Palsy also include shakiness, like a tremor you might have seen in a very old person, especially when they are trying to handle or hold a small object such as a pen. Because of the shaky movements and problems coordinating their muscles, children with this type of Cerebral Palsy may take longer than others to complete certain tasks such as writing a sentence. This form affects about 5-10 percent of the children diagnosed with CP.