New online course for teaching and education staff launched

Published Date
29/01/2019
Author
David Stephenson
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Muscular Dystrophy UK (MDUK) is excited to announce the launch of a new online course for teaching and education staff working with secondary school children with a muscle-wasting condition.

The course has been developed alongside specialist health professionals and people with a muscle-wasting condition. It is based on MDUK’s education guidelines. The course provides accessible, up-to-date information about inclusive education for children and young people with a muscle-wasting condition.

Our new course for teaching and education staff gives an overview of some of the common problems associated with having a muscle-wasting condition. It also looks at how secondary schools can identify the challenges that may affect the ability of a pupil with a muscle-wasting condition to learn. It then identifies strategies to ensure these challenges do not stop a pupil from achieving their full potential. There is also an extensive resources section on where to go for further advice and information.

Before starting the module for professionals working in secondary education we recommend that learners first take our introductory course on muscle-wasting conditions, which is useful to anybody who wants to learn more about muscle-wasting conditions.

Nigel’s 12 year-old daughter Emily has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT). He writes:

 ‘As a parent of a daughter with CMT who is at secondary school, I am so pleased that MDUK has developed this new course. It is really important that teaching staff are able to support children with the extra challenges they have to face as a pupil with a muscle-wasting condition.

Even just not having to explain to teachers about the basics of my daughter’s muscle-wasting condition would have been a massive help’.

Bobby Ancil, Head of Outreach, commissioning, and professional development at Muscular Dystrophy UK, said:

‘I’m really pleased that MDUK is launching this new online course for teaching and education staff working with secondary school children with a muscle-wasting condition.

By enabling teaching and education staff to understand about the impact of having a muscle-wasting condition, we can help ensure their pupils have the best possible experience at school.

I would also like to thank the James Tudor Foundation for providing a grant to develop this course. It would not have been possible to create it without their invaluable support’.

Click here for the module for education professionals

 

Our new course for teaching and education staff is the latest in a range of online resources available from MDUK. Last year we launched new online courses for occupational therapists (OTs).

This explains the process of safely assessing a child or adult with a muscle-wasting condition. It also gives an overview of the equipment that can support people with a muscle-wasting condition to overcome challenges around undertaking day-to-day activities.

Also in 2018, we launched a course for nurses working with adults with a muscle-wasting condition. The focus is on how to provide safe and effective inpatient care. Our introductory course and online courses for teaching and education staff, nurses, and OTs can be accessed here. They are all available on desktop, laptops and Ipads.

We also have online courses for physiotherapists and GPs, which have been taken by over 2,000 health professionals.

If you would like further information about our work to improve care for people with a muscle-wasting condition across the UK please get in touch with David Stephenson at d.stephenson@musculardystrophyuk.org or on 0207 803 4826.

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