The detection of cerebral palsy is highly subjective. It is diagnosed mainly by looking at the way a child moves plus his or her muscle tone. As such, some doctors may conclude that a certain child has cerebral palsy while some may say otherwise. This is very much true with children who have mild cerebral palsy.
A child with mild cerebral palsy may appear normal in most instances. However, he or she fails to do some normal things like walking flat-footed. This is something that can be controlled, however, by reminding the child to do the activity normally.
Because mild cerebral palsy is only associated with very mild symptoms, children suffering from it sometimes find it hard to get medical assistance. One reported case of mild cerebral palsy involved a school denying physical a child because her motor skills were considered normal. This is one of the major frustrations of parents who have children with cerebral palsy. When the child with mild cerebral palsy shows normal mental abilities, he or she often finds it hard to get necessary assistance even if there are lapses in some areas of motor development.
But the major frustration of parents with children who have cerebral palsy is the possible effect of their minor abnormal motor skills on their self-esteem. Other people often see their children as perfectly normal as they can show normal mental abilities. However, when it comes to doing other physical tasks, they may be seen as showing signs of abnormality. People then mislabel them with harsh descriptions. When such labels get into the mind of the child, he or she develops a complex and low self-esteem.
To remedy this, parents are advised to often remind their children of their special roles in their lives. Words of encouragement should be given to them frequently. This way, they can help their children develop a higher regard for one's self.