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Fatigue (Physical) (1A)

Physical fatigue is an overwhelming sense of exhaustion and decreased capacity for physical or mental work regardless of adequate rest.
Physical fatigue can be described as muscle weakness or a lack of endurance or stamina impacting a student's ability to concentrate or to maintain the energy to complete academic tasks. It can be caused by the loss of ability to recover from physical exertion which is a symptom of many autoimmune, muscle, and respiratory disorders, infections, stress, or depression. Physical fatigue can manifest as overall weakness or it can be targeted (e.g. fine motor fatigue).

Formal Diagnostics

Appropriate documentation would include a diagnosis from a physician or psychologist of a medical condition that includes physical fatigue as a symptom.

Intake Questions

  • Do you have periods of the day when you experience less fatigue?
  • Do you have difficulty writing for long periods of time?
  • Do you have difficulty sitting for long periods of time?
  • What accommodations or strategies have been effective in the past?

Resources

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