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Cognitive Issues

While scientists are still figuring out the exact role of dystrophin in the brain, not having dystrophin seems to cause an increased risk for specific cognitive weaknesses and learning difficulties. This does not mean that all boys with Duchenne will have deficits in these areas.

Parents are strongly encouraged to seek assistance from appropriate professionals if concerns arise regarding any of these problem areas.

(Information in this section was contributed, in part, by James Poysky, PhD. You can read Dr. Poysky’s entire document, Learning and Behavior in Duchenne, in our Education Matters section.)

In this section

Cognitive Issues by Stages
Developmental Delay & Intellectual Ability (IQ)
Attention, Listening, & Memory
Executive Functioning
Learning Disabilities

Related links

The psychology of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (download)

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