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Name Hemiplegia
Related to/Also known as Alternating hemiplegia
Hemiplegic migraine
Symptoms

Hemiplegia is a condition, the effects of which are similar to a stroke. It is caused by damage to the brain (most often before or around the time of birth) and it results in a varying degree of weakness and lack of control on one side of the body.  In one child this may be very obvious (he or she may have little use of one hand, may limp or have poor balance); in another child it will be so slight that it only shows when attempting specific physical activities.

Approximately half the children have additional diagnoses such as epilepsy, visual impairment or speech difficulties. Other challenges can include perceptual problems, specific learning difficulties or emotional and behavioural problems.

Types  
Useful national contacts HemiHelp
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helpline: 0845 123 2372
Eplilepsy Society
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helpline: 01494 601 400
Stroke Association
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phone: 033 3033 100
UK Children's Neurological Research Association
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News and events  
Online resources What is hemiplegia? An animated film (YouTube video by HemiHelp)
Link opens in new window www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGvzannP7fw&feature=youtu.be
Our resources The library at The Brain Charity has a range of reference resources on this condition and on a wide range of disability-related issues.