Hemiplegia means severe weakness of the limbs on one side of the body but the specific features can vary tremendously from person to person. Problems may include:
- Difficulty with gait
- Difficulty with balance while standing or walking
- Having difficulty with motor activities like holding, grasping or pinching
- Increasing stiffness of muscles
- Muscle spasms
- Difficulty with speech
- Difficulty swallowing food
- Significant delay in achieving developmental milestones like standing, smiling, crawling or speaking
- The majority of children who develop hemiplegia also have abnormal mental development
- Behavior problems like anxiety, anger, irritability, lack of concentration or comprehension
- Emotions- depression
Hemiplegia is not a progressive disorder, except in progressive conditions like a growing brain tumour. Once the injury has occurred, the symptoms should not worsen.
Sudden recovery from hemiplegia is very rare. Many of the individuals will have limited recovery, but the majority will improve from intensive, specialised rehabilitation. Potential to progress may differ in cerebral palsy, compared to adult acquired brain injury. It is vital to integrate the hemiplegic child into society and encourage them in their daily living activities. With time, some individuals may make remarkable progress.
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- CHASA Children's Hemiplegia and Stroke Association non-profit organization
- HemiHelp, a UK based childhood hemiplegia (cerebral palsy) charity
-  Living with hemiplegia a child's perspective by Katy Roberts who suffers from left sided hemiplegia.
- AHC Kids Dutch website about Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood
- Spinal Cord Injury Peer Support
- Hemiplegia and associated problems
- Wrong Diagnosis.com General Hemiplegia Info, Tools & Discussion Boards
- Video of hemiplegic gait and other gait abnormalities
- Chedoke-McMaster Stroke Assessment