Most children with epilepsy can participate in all activities at school. Your child with seizure can’t be an exception. In such case, it is important to know that they are safe when they are at school. To get that, you need to have knowledge about how to support your child with seizures at school.
Talk with your child’s teacher
You should talk with your child’s teachers so that they can help your child with special needs. You should know clearly how epilepsy affects your child and what to do if they have a seizure. It is advisable you should consider them as partners. In case epilepsy affects your child’s ability to learn, you can ask special education services for them. It is a good idea for you to let your child’s teacher directly contact with doctors so that any unanswered questions can be addressed.
Make sure other students know your child’s disease
Your child can have seizures any time and they can’t predict it themselves. That’s why other students need to know the problem so that they can help in time. You should suggest teachers discuss epilepsy with the class in a way that is appropriate for their age level. If other students aren’t prepared before, they can feel frightened when seeing your child is having seizures. This also makes your child feel embarrassed. Talking to students about epilepsy can help prevent teasing and correct some of the inaccuracies that other students may have heard. You can help by providing books and other materials the teacher can use.
Ask to be informed
It is the fact that your child can have learning problems due to side effects from medication. Those effects can make them tired or drowsy, frequently missing school for medical appointments, regularly “blanking out” due to absence seizures. Moreover, having worry or anxiety about having a seizure can also affect your child’s study. Another problem is about memory and learning in the part of the brain where the seizure occurs. As soon as you realize this, you must discuss with teachers to find possible solutions. You should ask to be informed about the conditions of your child a school
Let your child be taught differently
If needed, you can tell teachers to educate your child in a different way to accommodate your child’s particular learning issue. Instead of normal methods, you can ask teachers try providing simple modifications with visual cues, in the form of charts or posters. Or they can also use the scaffolding so that your child can progress further.
On the other hand, you should encourage them at home by coordinating with educators and implementing strategies at home. This can help them learn better and also supports the work with them in the classroom.
It is necessary that you have to know if your child is getting the ongoing support. In some cases, your child can have seizures at school. But they will be fine if they can be given the appropriate first aid or emergency medicine. That’s why what you prepare for them at school is actually critical.
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Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017
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