Absences and Fatigue

What you need to know


  • Children with mitochondrial disorders may be absent due to surgery, illness and/or medical appointments.


  • Individuals need to learn to conserve energy and accept help from others.

What you can do

  • Help to make transitions in and out of school as seamless as possible.
  • Allow extra time for assignments and/or provide make-up work as needed.
  • Make accommodations for resting or taking break.
  • Have peers share class notes.
  • Monitor work so that it is challenging, but there are attainable and realistic goals.
  • Plan for absences and consider tutoring.
  • Communication with parents is important to meet these challenges.


  • May be tired and require rest opportunities or breaks
  • Eliminate unnecessary effort.
  • Plan ahead.
  • Prioritize activities.

See more at MitoAction - Dealing with the Fatigue of Mito