Epilepsy And The Classroom Susanne Finn Epilepsy Society of Southern NY
Objectives • Advocating for your child in the classroom • Psycho-social issues • Communication between home and school • Resources available to you!
Children and Epilepsy • Over three million Americans of all ages are living with epilepsy • 200,000 new cases are diagnosed each year • 300,000 children under the age of 14 are currently affected by epilepsy
Available Resources: Trainings in seizure recognition and first aid are available for teachers and school staff • Epilepsy Society of Southern NY • Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group
During Teacher Trainings: Teachers are trained to: • To recognize a seizure • To provide the appropriate first aid • To recognize an emergency • To provide educational accommodations
Parent-School Communication • Description of expected seizure pattern • Consensus on response • Written communication if seizure pattern or frequency is not as described by parent • Documentation of observations
Parent-School Communication • School Protocol • Permission to share information with all school personnel in contact with your child • Trainings can be provided to bus drivers, teacher aides, support staff, etc.
Teacher Response • Make sure teacher is cognizant of anything related to learning or social issues • Tutoring arranged for remediation • Educate other students • Stop bullying
Behavior Management Make teachers aware of possible causes of behavior changes • Seizure activity at home • Medication side effects • Medication changes Provide discipline and guidance as with any student
Encourage Participation In All Activities • Helps develop social skills • Encourages independence • Heightens self-esteem Think through the risks and benefits of each activity for each child
Epilepsy Society of Southern NY Susanne Finn Community Educator email@example.com (845) 627-0627 ext.148