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Transcript of Epilepsy
By Mareen Biss
“Epilepsy is the most common childhood neurological disorder, and the third most common neurological disorder among the entire U.S. population. The Epilepsy Foundation estimates that 300,000 children younger than age 15 years have epilepsy. In the Unites States, the childhood prevalence rate is approximately 4 to 9 cases per 1,000.” (EdMedKids)
Classroom teachers can support students with a few modifications. Open communication with families, student and other professionals is important for the student.
*Initiate the class removal plan,
so there is not an audience
*Put the student on their side
*Place a pillow under their head *Time the length of the seizure
*Loosen items around the
student’s neck to ease breathing.
*Keep the mouth clear of objects
What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a neurological condition, which means it affects the brain, the main part of the nervous system. Epilepsy may also be called a “seizure disorder.”
What are Seizures?
Seizures are temporary changes in behavior caused by problems with the electrical and chemical activity of the brain. Seizures may look and feel different from one person to the next.
Create a school-home communication system to share lessons, assignments and projects. In the classroom, offer more time, mnemonics, repetition, breaking large tasks into smaller tasks, cueing, and untimed assessments. Referring the student to school psychologist or special education can offer additional support.
Develop and practice a procedure for class removal prior to seizure. Locate and remove potential hazards such as cords, sharp corners, hard items, or items that may fall during a seizure. Keeping the classroom neat and tidy will reduce tripping, slipping and falling during a seizure.
The purpose of this presentation is to give you a brief overview of Epilepsy. It is not intended to present all the information you will require in a classroom setting. Each student is unique with individual needs and should be supported to meet those needs.
*Be sure to talk with the student's family and consult their IEP/504 plan if available.
Shafer, Patrick O. January 2014. About Epilepsy: The Basics. Retrieved on November 23, 2016 from Epilepsy Foundation. http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/about-epilepsy-basics
WebMD. (2016) Symptoms of Epilepsy and Seizures. Retrieved on November 22, 2016 from WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/epilepsy/guide/epilepsy-seizure-symptoms
Mayo Clinic. (2015) Epilepsy: Symptoms and Causes. Retrieved on November 18, 2016 from May Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/epilepsy/symptoms-causes/dxc-20117207
EdMedKids. Medical Facts – Epilepsy. Retrieved on November 18, 2016 from The University of Arizona. http://edmedkids.arizona.edu/content/basic-medical-facts-1#Prevalence
Symptoms of a Seizure
“Seizure signs and symptoms may include: Temporary confusion, a staring spell, uncontrollable jerking movements of the arms and legs, loss of consciousness or awareness, and psychic symptoms.” (Mayo Clinic, 2015)
Some common triggers for epilepsy are “Specific time of day or night, sleep deprivation – overtired, not sleeping well, not getting enough sleep; at times of fevers or other illnesses, flashing bright lights or patterns, alcohol or drug use, stress, associated with menstrual cycle (women) or other hormonal changes, not eating well, low blood sugar, specific foods, excess caffeine or other products that may aggravate seizures, and use of certain medications.” (Schachter, 2013)