Presentation Date

Summer 2016


Valerie is a 7-year-old girl who presents with cerebellar ataxia, causing lack of coordination in her movements. Among dysmetria, she displays many other symptoms of ataxia that cause dysfunction in her daily life such as clumsy gait and dysdiadochokinesia. She is unable to control her arms and hands. Valerie has difficulty with bilateral tasks of her upper and lower extremities. Valerie’s Occupational Therapist is determined to help improve her symptoms but is limited in specific interventions designed to help ataxia. The occupational therapist is interested in determining the most effective treatment for improving upper extremity function in children with ataxia.