PPMD wants to make sure that families within our Duchenne community are equipped with as many tools as possible to ensure a smooth start to the school year. Because it’s hard enough just to figure out the secret code to get through the front entrance, let alone to have to navigate considerations around IEPs (individualized education programs), accessibility, and what information to provide to whom about your child’s medical care. So, consider this your Back-To-School Survival Kit (at least related to Duchenne).
Information for Parents & Teachers
To better assist parents and teachers in providing a quality education for the student with Duchenne, PPMD has created Education Matters Guides for parents and teachers with the goal of optimizing the child’s, teen’s or adult’s experience in a learning environment. The guides cover everything from the basics of Duchenne and its progression to specific classroom accommodations organized by age group.
Download the recently updated Educational Matters for Parents and Teachers:
- Education Matters Volume 1: Diagnosis and Early Childhood (ages 2-9)
- Education Matters Volume 2: Late Childhood and Early Adolescence (ages 10-15)
- Education Matters Volume 3: Late Adolescence and Adulthood (ages 16+)
In addition, there are comprehensive resources available in the areas of Adaptive Physical Education and Learning & Behavior in Duchenne:
- Education Matters: Adaptive PE (written specifically for the physical education teacher)
- Education Matters: Learning and Behavior in Duchenne (written by James T. Poysky, PhD)
We also recommend that teachers familiarize themselves with learning and behavior issues children with Duchenne may exhibit.
NEW! PPMD’s Duchenne Educators Masterclass
Building on our continuing education program for healthcare professionals and researchers in the field, PPMD has created the Duchenne Educators Masterclass to educate and empower teachers, school-based therapists, counselors, aides, and administrators to better understand and educate their students with Duchenne.
This information, which is a video-based companion to our Education Matters Guides, is presented in three age-specific comprehensive courses covering Duchenne basics, behavioral and learning considerations, physical therapy and occupational therapy recommendations, and more in an effort to give your academic team the tools they need to better serve your child both in and out of the classroom.PPMD’s Duchenne Educators Masterclass >
Visit PPMD’s Order Support Materials page to order a free pencil case filled with PPMD’s Duchenne Educators Masterclass information cards. We encourage you to pass these cards along to key educators and personnel in your child’s school so they have access to this Masterclass, which is available free of charge. Educators will also receive a certificate of completion that they may submit for continuing education contact hours.
IEP, 504 Plans, and Accommodation Considerations
- School presentation with IEP vs 504 Plan comparison (download)
- Potential School Accommodations for Consideration for a Student with Duchenne (download)
- WATCH: Navigating School – An Ongoing Adventure (PPMD’s 2015 Connect Conference)
Classroom Activities for Understanding Duchenne
Download our ‘Classroom Activities for Understanding Duchenne‘ packet to view age-appropriate classroom exercises that can be done either by parents or teachers to educate students about Duchenne and some of the challenges your child faces on a daily basis. They are easy and can be done in one class period or as part of a larger group gathering, such as an assembly. Involve your child as much as he/she is comfortable and in a way that reflects how you discuss Duchenne at home.
VIDEO: What is Duchenne? (ages 4-7)
This video is geared towards young kids to help educate them, their friends and siblings, and others close to the family about Duchenne, to help them better understand what Duchenne is and how it may affect the way they play and interact with friends and family.
VIDEO: BrainPop Animation (all ages)
PPMD also has age-appropriate downloadable books available to help children learn about Duchenne: