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What is Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a seizure disorder that occurs when the brain signals abnormally. Epilepsy can alter a persons movements, conciousness, and actions. Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the U.S., along with 65 million people worldwide being diagnosed with this disorder. While medications can help people with Epilepsy, there is currently no known cure for Epilepsy.

Strategies for the Classroom!

Students who are diagnosed with epilepsy often struggle in school because of learning issues that are a result of their siezures. Below are some strategies teachers can use to help adapt their lessons for students who have been diagnosed with Epilepsy.1. Curriculum Adaptation: Teachers can adapt their lessons to focus less on retrieval information and more on recognition tasks. Recognition is easier for students with memory problems due to their seizures.2. Thematic Teaching: Thematic teaching engages students in learning the same concepts and skills. This provides a student the opportunity to learn about the same concept multiple times throughout the day, providing more opportunities for them to learn the material.3. Individual Instruction: This strategy helps to provide more in depth and visual instruction for a student.4. Informal Support: Teachers should be willing to collaborate with parents, specialists, and other teachers to decide what is the best path for a student who has epilepsy.5. Formal Support: If informal support strategies are not working, teachers and parents should consider formalized suppports. This includes things such as 504 plans or OHI's to help and provide the students with what they need to succeed.6. Emphasize the Importance of School Attendance: Students who have been diagnosed with epilepsy tend to miss many days of school. A teacher should stress the importance of being in the classroom and work to create good communication between the school and home.7. Additional Time: Students with epilepsy may need extended time on assignments and tests because it can take them longer to search for information stored in their memory.8. Limit Overprotection: Do not prevent a student from participating in rigorous activity. Students with epilepsy are capable of participating in just about everything a student without epilepsy participate in. Teachers just need to make sure someone knows what to do if a seizure were to occur during the activity.9. Provide written Directions: Students with epilepsy may not catch or be able to recall verbal directions, so having written directions for them can be very beneficial.10. Use Visuals: Verbal communication may be hard for students to maintain, but the use of visuals and examples are positive tools to help a student with epilepsy to grasp and maintain a concept.

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