Observing Spina Bifida in the Classroom
Faculty might observe the following in students with Spina Bifida:
- Might experience learning difficulties
- Might be able to walk but it can cause pain
- Might be absent more than other students
- Might use a wheelchair, scooter, or crutches
- Mayo Clinic: Spina Bifida
- National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: Neural Tube Defects
- National Institutes of Health, Medline Plus: Neural Tube Defects
- American Association of Neurological Surgeons: Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome
Related Functional Characteristics
Motor Skill (Fine) : Fine motor skills may be impacted if the upper spine is impacted.
Motor Skill (Gross Lower) : Students with Spina Bifida are often in wheelchairs.
Motor Skill (Gross Upper) : Weakness or paralysis below the area where the spine doesn't close is common.
Personal Care/ Medical Equipment Needs : Students with Spina Bifida may have need for a personal care attendant.
Service Animal Needs : Students who have difficulty with grip strength or fine motor coordination may use a service animal to retrieve objects, or to provide balance.
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