Static encephalopathy is a brain condition that restricts the developmental process of an individual, most evident in speech. Often, static encephalopathy contributes to developmental problems such as cerebral palsy, autism, PDD-NOS, attention deficit disorder (ADD), mental retardation, problems with vision and or hearing and other types of conditions.
Some of the common symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Emotional immaturity
- Poor judgment
- Short term memory
- Impulsive or lack of self-control
- Problems retrieving information from memory
- Difficulty with abstract math or money management
Symptoms vary depending on the type of brain damage. If the damage occurred in the part of the brain that controls speech and language, then the child will struggle to understand what people say and be delayed in learning to speak. If the damage is in the part of the brain that controls muscles, they may be jerky, stiff, floppy or spastic. They may also be delayed in learning to sit, stand and walk. Their hearing and vision is impaired when the part of the brain that controls it is damaged. Even though their eyes and ears work normally, the brain cannot interpret sights and sounds normally. Sometimes seizures may also occur due to abnormal electrical activity in the brain.
Learning delays are a result of damage to multiple parts of the brain that control learning. An individual with this type of condition could be a slow learner or have a learning disability depending on the extent of the damage. Damage in multiple areas of the brain may cause multiple developmental issues such as delays in speech, learning and walking.