Facts About Epilepsy Teachers Should Know

A lot of teachers do not know but some children with physical disabilities will also suffer from problems like epilepsy.

Post by SEN Team | march 14th, 2013
There is a high chance of this occurring and because of that, special education teachers need to know the basic facts of what epilepsy is and how to deal with seizure first aid inside the classroom.


The Chance of Epilepsy Occurring


The occurrence of epilepsy in children is high. In a survey with over 200 children, there is a 0.5% chance of epilepsy from happening. Using this data, the special education services are making changes in the curriculum and teacher training in order for them to be able to handle epilepsy alongside another disability that the child is experiencing.

Teachers would have to understand how children are affected by these conditions. They need to learn what the long-term applications are in order for them to be able to adjust the well-being and daily functioning of the child.


General Facts and Myths about Epilepsy:


Truths:
1. Epilepsy can be diagnosed when seizures happen repeatedly without another trigger event.
2. Individuals who take correct treatment and medication can get rid of epilepsy.
3. There are over 40 various types of epileptic seizures with different range and ways of attacking a person.
4. Not every child with disability will have what they call tonic clonic seizure or grand mal.

False Statements:
1. A person can swallow their tongue when being attacked with seizure.
2. Epilepsy can be transferred from one person to another
3. People who have epilepsy have intellectual problems


What causes epilepsy?


Epilepsy occurs when there is a problem in the transmission and receiving of electrical activity in the brain. When an interruption occurs it can happen in different places in the brain and it will affect behavior, consciousness level as well as sensation and movement.

Children suffering from epilepsy will have a different brain activity, sometimes it will run at a much faster rate than what is normal causing the epileptic seizure to occur.  Some types of seizure are easier to detect when compared with others.



Types of Epilepsy and Seizures


Other types of seizure are not easily detectable. Some seizures are described as simple or partial and will have no direct effect on the conscious level of the individual while the other will be described as more complex.

A person suffering will have an altered state of consciousness and it would be best for teachers to know the standard emergency procedures needed to help solve the problem while it is occurring in class.


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