Observing Multiple Sclerosis in the Classroom
Faculty might observe the following in students with Multiple Sclerosis:
- May exhibit clumsiness or lack of coordination
- May use a cane on some occasions but not others
- May be absent in extreme weather conditions
- May leave the classroom unexpectedly
- May demonstrate muscle weakness and be unable to write without assistive technology
- National Institute of Health - Multiple Sclerosis
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society
- Mayo Clinic - Multiple Sclerosis
- Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
Related Functional Characteristics
Bodily Function Control : Students with MS may have bodily control difficulties due to nerve or muscle damage, muscle spasms, or medication side effects.
Climate Sensitivity : Students with MS are sensitive to extreme cold and heat as a result of their inability to regulate their body temperature.
Fatigue (Cognitive) : Students with MS have difficulty with cognitive fatigue as a result of the neurological basis of the condition.
Fatigue (Physical) : Students with MS may experience physical fatigue due to the neurological nature of the disease. Physical activity may induce fatigue requiring frequent rest breaks.
Motor Skill (Fine) : Students with MS may experience problems with fine motor skills due to nerve damage and muscle fatigue.
Motor Skill (Gross Lower) : Students with MS may experience muscle weakness especially during temperature extremes.
Motor Skill (Gross Upper) : Students with MS may have gross motor difficulties in their arms and upper bodies due to muscle weakness, loss of muscle control, pain, or muscle spasms.
Numbness : Students with MS may experience numbness due to the disruption of nerve impulses caused by destruction of the myelin sheath.
Personal Care/ Medical Equipment Needs : As their condition progresses, some students with MS may need a personal attendant or home health aide.
Reach Restriction : Students with MS may use a wheelchair, cane or crutches.
Service Animal Needs : Students with MS may have a service animal to assist them with physical tasks.
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