The definition of orthopedic impairment under IDEA means a severe orthopedic impairment that adversely affects a child’s education performance. Causes include:
- birth trauma
- cerebral palsy amputation
There are 3 classifications that an orthopedic impairment can fall under:
- Neuromotor impairment, this would include cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, and seizure disorders
- Degenerative Disease such as muscular dystrophy and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
- Musculoskeletal Disorders including scoliosis and deformed limbs.
Students with orthopedic impairments often qualify for therapy including physical and occupational therapy. assistive technology should be included for accommodating the students needs.
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