What Is It?<br />The brain is responsible for communicating with the rest of the body. When a strong surge of electrical activity is experienced in one central part of the brain, seizures can occur.<br />1 in 10 adults will experience a seizure at least once in their life.<br />
There are over 40 different kinds of seizures, each one varies in severity and symptoms, and falls under a different category.<br />The two most common categories are: Generalized and Partial.<br />How Many Are There?<br />
What Is A Generalized Seizure?<br />Web M.D.<br />
As a teacher, the number one thing we should do is be aware of the student’s needs. In order to do that, a teacher should formulate a plan with the student and their family in the event of an emergency. This plan should include but not be limited to:<br />A place within the classroom for students to go in order to lie down when a seizure is coming<br />Prescribed medication and times when student needs to take it, and what to do if medicine is skipped or accidentally doubled.<br />Contact name or number of school counselor, nurse, or parent for help.<br />A place outside the classroom the student can go if violent outbursts, rages happen.<br />Classmate helpers, who will remove dangerous jewelry, eyewear, clear away furniture, supply a pillow, turn student to help with breathing, etc<br />What Should We Do?<br />
How Do We Accommodate?<br />Students with seizure disorders often have problems with their memory and organization skills. To accommodate that, a teacher should:<br />Require that the student keep a planner to write down all assignments. And that the student have color coded notebooks to organize different subjects.<br />Be willing to accommodate extra time for assignments or tests.<br />Decide on a verbal or visual cue that the student can use if they feel a seizure approaching.<br />Break down larger assignments into smaller parts.<br />Use repetitive strategies throughout a unit.<br />Provide mnemonic devices to aid the child with memorization.<br />Most important? Maintain communication with the student and their family.<br />
Epilepsy Foundation<br />Epilepsy Advocate<br />Helping Students With Seizures<br />Resources<br />
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