Redbridge SERC

Ataxic cerebral palsy


Children with ataxic cerebral palsy look very unsteady and shaky due to low muscle tone and poor coordination.

Affected persons walk unsteadily with a wide based gait, placing their feet unusually far apart.

Shakiness can increase when completing fine motor tasks.

Children with ataxic cerebral palsy may take longer than other children to complete tasks.

This form affects about 5-10 percent of the children diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Fact sheets

Training / Help

Further support can be obtained from

  • Newbridge Outreach
  • Physiotherapy team
  • Occupational therapy team


Screenshot for video: Tomcat adapted trikes

Tomcat adapted trikes

Tomcat Trikes in action

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Cerebral Palsy: Diagnosis & Treatment : About Ataxic Cerebral Palsy

Ataxic cerebral palsy only affects 10 percent of those diagnosed with this condition, and it results in severely uncoordinated movements

Lesson Resources

KS1 & KS2 SCOPE Resource Pack ‘Imagine the difference’

Imagine the difference is a highly recommended resource for use in Schools and Colleges.

It contains lesson plans and resources to help promote the history of people with Cerebral Palsy.

Learning Aids

Adapted PE resources

Adapted PE resources

Available from: Adaptive PE equipment

This link takes you to information relating to: Balls and ball game equipment, including balls which emit sounds or have textured surfaces; Quoits, rings and discs for throwing games; Equipment to help with playing billiards, pool or snooker; Bowling equipment…


Stickman Communication

Stickman Communication

Stickman Communications create brilliantly simple cards to help communicate a variety of conditions/ disabilities. They currently cover; * ASD * Sensory overload * Allergies  * Medical conditions  * Bowel and bladder conditions * Hypermobility and EDS * Migraine * Seizures * POTS /SVT * Visual impairment * Mental Health *…
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the observable characteristics Ataxic cerebral palsy?

    Students with ataxic cerebral palsy experience a difficulty in keeping their limbs steady, called dysmetria.

    They can have an "intention tremor'', the tremor gets worse as the person's hand gets closer to the object they are trying to reach.

    Tremors also occur when an Ataxic cerebral palsy sufferer attempts actions requiring specific muscle control, such as writing.

    Difficulties with motor skills become much more pronounced the longer the person with ataxic cerebral palsy attempts motor specific tasks.

    Difficulties maintaining balance. Since balance is impaired, people with Ataxic cerebral palsy often walk with an ungainly gait, and can appear to stagger.

    Ataxic cerebral palsy affects the entire body rather than just certain limbs or muscle groups.

    The muscles of the face can be affected as well.

    The most common facial ataxic symptoms are jerky speech patterns and abnormal eye movements called nystagmus.

  • What does Ataxia mean?
    • Ataxic means poor coordination.
    • Different forms of the word ataxia are used to describe several disorders involving poor coordination.
    • Ataxic cerebral palsy is not genetically passed from parent to child.
  • How can I support a student who dribbles?

    has specific advice relating to children with cerebral palsy.

  • What is Paraplegia?

    Paraplegia indicates lower limbs are affected by Cerebral Palsy.

  • What is Diplegia?

    Diplegia indicates the Cerebral Palsy has a major involvement of lower limbs and minor involvement of upper limbs.

  • What is Quadriplegia?

    Quadriplegia indicates all four limbs are affected by Cerebral Palsy.

  • What is Monoplegia?

    Monoplegia indicates the Cerebral Palsy impacts one limb only.

Family Resources

Whizz Kids


Whizz-Kidz is a charity aiming to provide disabled children and young customised mobility equipment, training, advice and life skills.

This Charity provides equipment to children that is not available on the NHS. They also run Wheelchair training courses/ Mobility centres in Dagenham and Havering.

Frame Football Basildon


At last a football club for students who use a walking frame !!!!

Very popular and feedback is excellent

Contact a family


A UK wide charity providing advice, information and support to parents of all disabled children. 

Outreach Services

Newbridge Outreach Service

0208 503 8773
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Newbridge Outreach Service provides support to pupils with a range of learning, medical and physical difficulties.

  • physical disability
  • physical disability with associated learning/communication difficulties
  • dyspraxia and related specific learning difficulties
  • perceptual difficulties
  • fine and gross motor skill development
  • difficulties with handwriting and alternative forms of recording.

Support is provided by

  • providing assessments
  • setting targets for learning / writing individual programmes
  • modify curriculum content and delivery
  • identify and use specialist resources
  • helping to provide support and advice to parents
  • delivering INSET for all staff, other agencies and parents

Request for support should come from the school the pupil is attending or another Agency involved.

Occupational Therapy

020 8924 6111

The Occupational Therapy Team are now based at Redbridge Child Development Centre (0 -19yrs), previously known as The Kenwood Centre in Barkingside.


0208 503 8773
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Age range of pupils they support: 4- 19 yrs

Students they support:

  • SERC completes individual assessments for pupils who have complex needs or specific physical disability ( see SERC criteria form on home page)
  • SERC are happy to offer wider advice to support whole school SEN Inclusive ICT provision.
  • Training and support is free to all Redbridge Schools.

Range of support offered:

  • This centre based at Newbridge School, provides advice and support in the use of Information Technology with pupils who have special educational needs or a physical/ sensory disability.
  • S.E.R.C provides individual assessments of ICT needs of individual needs of pupils with SEN, in both mainstream and special schools.
  • Training for teachers and support staff who work with pupils with SEN.
  • Support and advice to parents/ carers of children who have SEN.

Address:                         S.E.R.C, Newbridge School, 258 Barley Lane, Ilford, Essex, IG38XS