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Dwarfism is a growth disorder. The most common type is called achondroplasia. Typically, adults with dwarfism are 4 feet 10 inches or under.
Achondroplasia commonly results in:
Physical problems related to dwarfism can include:
Dwarfism does not affect intellectual abilities. There is no cure for dwarfism, but most little people live long, fulfilling lives. Little people go to school, have careers, marry, and raise kids, just like their average-size peers.
Students with dwarfism may:
Your classroom can offer a welcoming and productive learning environment by providing adaptive accommodations where necessary. Students with dwarfism should be able to reach everything their classmates can reach. And remember to treat your students with dwarfism according to their age, not their size. Unless the student has a learning disability, educational expectations should not differ from those of other students.
Students with dwarfism may be limited in the types of exercises and activities that they can do, but it’s very important that they participate in safe physical activities to help stay fit.
Students with dwarfism may feel awkward or embarrassed around other students. Educating yourself and students about dwarfism can decrease bullying and increase self-confidence for students with dwarfism.
Dwarfism is a condition that is characterized by short stature. Many of the possible complications of dwarfism are treatable, and people of short stature lead healthy, active lives.
A dwarf is a short-statured person whose adult height is 4 feet 10 inches or under. Find out what happens when a person has dwarfism and why some people are born with it.
Emily was adopted from Russia, where she was born with a type of dwarfism. In this video, she talks about her life philosophy and how she overcame the many hurdles she faced.
Emily was born with a type of dwarfism. In this video, she talks about the challenges of being a little person, and how she overcomes the many hurdles she faces.
Emily was adopted from Russia, where she was born with a type of dwarfism. In this video, she talks about how she handles the challenge of being smaller than most people.
Achondroplasia is a genetic disorder that interferes with bone growth and causes dwarfism (short stature).
Learn about genetic disorders and conditions that affect growth and development.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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