Although the occurrence of ataxic cerebral palsy is quite rare (such type is only accounted for about 5 to 10 percent of the entire cases), keep in mind that it is still cerebral palsy, and it can cause bothering problems not only on your affected child but also to you as well. The following are some of the facts which you need to be aware of:
o The cerebellum is the part of the human brain that is damaged, causing the ataxic type of disorder. It is responsible for the coordination and balance of body movements.
o Once damaged, it could result on the following:
o Hypotonia disorder or poor muscle tone;
o Having hard time maintaining balance;
o Depth perception disorders;
o Various tremors; and
o Disability in controlling the motion and range of voluntary movements.
o Children affected may show the following signs:
o Demonstrating unsteady gait;
o Intention tremors while attempting to perform any voluntary movements;
o Clumsiness and difficulty in performing such voluntary movements;
o Writing task is severely affected;
o Depth perception disorder results to coarser movements like reaching for any object;
o Involuntary and rapid eyeball movements; and
o Other related conditions such as visual and hearing disabilities, seizures, and possibly mental retardation.
In most cases, a doctor diagnoses a child for any possible presence through a combination of meticulous physical examination and findings from medical imaging methods like MRI and CT scans. Such findings along with the result of the physical examination are used to evaluate and identify if the brain is developing normally or not. Moreover, if not diagnosed at an early age, it may worse as the affected child ages.
Sad to say, the cure has to be formulated. However, it can be treated by the help of therapies and medical substances. One of the popular treatments used to combat is by undergoing a process called chronic cerebella. It starts by placing any stimulation medium such as electrode at the surface of the damaged cerebellum. This is believed to restore the muscle tone and balance.
It is important that you are aware of the signs of ataxic cerebral palsy for it will be your cue if your child is suffering from it, thus you can brought him/her to your physician for further evaluation. Your child’s life as well as his/her future is at stake here, so it is imperative that you are not negligent. Be alert and be aware of ataxic cerebral palsy.