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Marinesco-Sjogren syndrome commonly causes ataxia and hypotonia. Ataxia is a problem with balance and coordinating movements of the body. Hypotonia means that there is decreased muscle tone. Sometimes this is described as a feeling of floppiness of the body. Hypotonia can be present at birth and is often the first symptom that is noticed. The child may have problems reaching motor milestones like turning over, sitting, crawling, and walking due to the ataxia, hypotonia and muscle weakness. Since the muscles used for talking can also be affected, individuals with MSS may also have difficulties with speech. MSS can also cause;
Marinesco-Sjogren Syndrome Support Group
Phone: (805) 499-7410 This is a great website made by families with MSS. It provides useful, parent-friendly educational information as well as support groups and links to other resources. Apraxia Kids http://www.apraxia-kids.org This website includes a lot of useful information on speech disorders under the FAQ section.
NIH/National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse
Phone: (877) 226-4267 Nice website full of information, current research, news articles and also can be accessed in Spanish.