School Absences and Fatigue
What You Need to Know
- A child with muscular dystrophy may be absent due to surgery, illness and/or medical appointments.
- The increased susceptibility to and life-threatening consequences of respiratory infections may cause students to miss many days of school.
- Medications, may cause drowsiness or lack of energy
- Fatigue may be a symptom of a condition or may be a side effect from lack of sleep
- Fatigue is a symptom of muscle disease
- May fall more and get injured when tired
What you can do
- Help to make transitions in and out of school as seamless as possible
- Allow extra time for assignments and/or provide make up work as needed.
- Make accommodations for resting or taking a break
- Have peers share class notes
- Monitor work so that it is challenging, but ensure goals are attainable and realistic
- Plan for absences and consider tutoring
- Communicate with parents in order to successfully meet these challenges