|Related to/Also known as||Alternating hemiplegia
|Symptoms of Hemiplegia
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.
|Useful national contacts||HemiHelp is now part of the charity 'Contact'
Conttact's free helpline 0808 808 3555
helpline: 01494 601 400
phone: 033 3033 100
|Children & young people||
Children and hemiplegia (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy)
Preparing for adult life (Contact, charity for families with disabled children)
|News and events||Survey: Treatment of Childhood Neurological Conditions (British Paediatric Neurology Association, September 2020)
Easy-Read guide to Coronavirus from Mencap
What is hemiplegia? An animated film (YouTube video by HemiHelp)
Living with a condition (The Brain Charity)
|Our resources||The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on Hemiplegia and on a wide range of disability-related issues.|