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Patient Education

Navigating School for Individuals with Duchenne

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source: CureDuchenne


School can be an exhausting experience for many individuals. For individuals with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, school can be exhausting both physically and mentally. The principles of energy conservation and work simplification can often provide ways to convert a school day from feelings of exhaustion to enjoyment.

Energy Conservation, related to the human body, is the manner with which daily activities of an individual are performed using a reduced amount of energy/exertion. For example, the act of tying shoes with laces requires much more physical exertion/energy than using Velcro closures. For individuals with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, conserving energy can assist with prolonging his/her ability to actively participate in many tasks.


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