Title

Improving academic success for students with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behavior

Publication Date

2015

Abstract

Students with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) often struggle to achieve academic success not only due to symptom interference, but also because educators may lack an understanding of the cognitive and learning deficits that accompany the illness. Traditional education research may lead teachers to employ less-than-effective strategies and accommodations to support students with this illness. Recent findings from neurocognitive research provide greater insight into the cognitive deficits that accompany ME/CFS and also suggest more effective classroom strategies. The purpose of this paper is to outline the cognitive and classroom challenges faced by students with ME/CFS, and to provide examples of sensible accommodations for those problems. These accommodations are intended to improve the academic success of students with this debilitating illness.

DOI

10.1080/21641846.2015.1004831

Keywords

Education

Disciplines

Education

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