Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular Dystrophy Explained for Teachers and Teaching Assistants


 

What is Muscular Dystrophy?
Muscular Dystrophy is an inherited group of more than 20 disorders with progressive muscle degeneration. The most common type is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD, which affects 1 in 4000 boys. Boys with DMD are generally normal at birth. Their motor development starts normally and most walk at the normal age of 12 months. During their second year of life they may have problems climbing stairs and develop a waddling gait. Whilst at Primary School they may just seem slower and more clumsy than their peers, however the majority will end up wheelchair bound by 10-14 years.

Boys with DMD develop problems with their breathing and their heart muscles. Most boys die in their late teens or early twenties. By Secondary School most boys will need a great deal of support in school.

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