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Restricted Limb Use

A student with restricted limb use is missing or cannot use one or more of their appendages.
Students with restricted limb use may require assistance in a variety of tasks requiring fine or gross motor skills. Students with restricted limb use may use prosthetics or other assistive technologies to compensate. Such restrictions may be caused by conditions present at birth, while others are the result of illness or physical injury. Students' needs in an academic setting will vary depending on the kind of restriction and accommodations present.

Observing Restricted Limb Use in the Classroom

Faculty might observe the following in students with restricted limb use:

  • May have difficulty grasping objects such as a pen
  • May have difficulty with typing or handwriting
  • May have spastic or jerking hand or arm movement
  • May experience muscle fatigue from motor tasks
  • May be unable to lift objects
  • May be unable to turn pages of a book
  • May have a service animal for balance
  • May have difficulty walking or be unable to walk

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Related Functional Characteristics

Motor Skill (Fine) : Students may lack fine motor control due to reduced function in hands, wrists or arms.

Motor Skill (Gross Lower) : Students who have restricted limb use in their legs may have difficulties as a result of muscle spasms, fatigue, weakness, limited control, paralysis, or absence of a limb.

Motor Skill (Gross Upper) : Students may have restricted use of their arms due to muscle spasms, fatigue, weakness, limited control, paralysis, or absence of the limb.

Reach Restriction : Students with restricted limb use may have difficulty with sink handles, reaching objects on shelves or on the floor.

Service Animal Needs : Students with restricted limb use may have service animals to help them retrieve items, carry books, or balance.

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