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Some frequently asked questions about M.E. Please contact us if you can't find the information you need.

Q. How can children and young people manage activity?

A. Activity management is not just about physical activity: it involves everything that can affect your energy levels, which of course includes time spent on cognitive activity (such as reading…
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Children and young people


Q. How can schools help support a child with M.E.?

A. This page offers information for parents, teachers and other education professionals.There a number of ways that schools can make reasonable adjustments to support a child with M.E. If you feel…
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Children and young people


Q. What education support is a child with M.E. entitled to?

A. Section 19 of the Education Act 1996 (as amended by Section 3 of the Children Schools and Families Act 2010) provides a duty on local authorities of maintained schools to arrange suitable education…
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Children and young people


Q. What's the evidence for children with M.E. using GET?

A. Although national guidance recommends that children with M.E. are offered activity management, cognitive behavioural therapy, or graded exercise therapy (GET), there is no peer-reviewed evidence…
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Children and young people


Q. What can I do if my child isn't supported at school?

A. While some schools are very supportive of children and young people with M.E., we know that others get it wrong. Sometimes this can be resolved by asking for a meeting with the school. In other…
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Children and young people


Q. How might CBT be useful for children and young people?

A. Because M.E. is different for everyone, what works for one person with M.E. might not work for another. So, instead of telling you what we think you should do, we are going to give you some information…
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Children and young people


Q. How can I communicate more effectively with my doctor?

A. By doing a little bit of preparation for your appointment with your doctor, you can help yourself – and your doctor – feel more confident and comfortable. Arrange appointments for your best…
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Living with M.E. / Children and young people


Q. ​How can I support a friend who has M.E.?

A. Having someone who understands the impact their illness will be so valuable to your friend with M.E.The best approach is to be yourself. Your friend is still the same person underneath their…
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Living with M.E. / Children and young people


Q. How might M.E. affect my relationship with my friends?

A. There's a good chance that your friends will be wondering how to treat you. How do they react to their once-active friend who is now too exhausted even to talk for very long? They could be scared…
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Children and young people