Hydrocephalus and Child Development

There can be difficulties associated with hydrocephalus such as problems with concentration, reasoning, and short-term memory. Hydrocephalus can also result in subtle effects such as problems with co-ordination, motivation, and organisational skills. 
Physical effects such as visual problems, or early onset of puberty in children, may also occur. These difficulties may affect child development. However, many of these effects can be overcome with teaching strategies or treatment where relevant.
Other effects can include:
  • Sensitivity to Noise
  • Seizures
  • Premature Puberty
  • Eye Problems
  • Language
  • Speech
  • Weak Upper Limb Control and Hand Function
  • Visual Perception
  • Spatial Awareness
It must be stressed that the effects of hydrocephalus vary from one individual to another and some people will have very few, if any, problems.

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