Navigating Physical Education with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Assign them a buddy

Assigning a buddy to children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy will prove helpful in many activities. This includes those that require students to walk long distances. Even in short distances, they may arrive later than their classmates. If this happens, do not punish or exclude them from any reward whatsoever.

Children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy struggle not only with their movements but also with the possible views of their mates in school. To foster understanding to the condition, other students may be given activities that would simulate the challenges faced by Duchenne patients in a non-offensive manner. For instance, students may drag hula-hoops using their feet or do running activities with ankle weights.