Some children at my school suffer from epilepsy. This has an effect on their ability to concentrate in school and take in information if they are experiencing absence seizures. Luckily, no child has experienced an epileptic fit whilst at my school.
We tend to use buddy systems in the classroom where other children fill them in on anything they have missed if they have “zoned out” or report to a teacher if the child has been “out” for longer than normal. Children are always asked if they want to share information about their condition with others and sometimes they want the whole class to know and understand, other times they only want a few trustworthy friends to know – I have yet to come across any child who did not want to share information with at least one other child in class.
Working with parents is paramount to helping these children succeed – either by informing them of the lesson content when their child zoned out a lot so they can go over things again at home, ensuring good self-esteem so they do not believe they are not as bright as their peers (their epilepsy means they have to work harder as they keep missing things) and obviously relaying any particular bad episodes or days and limiting stress which does appear to trigger more incidents.
As always, I would be delighted to have any useful tips shared by other educators or maybe those that suffer from epilepsy of how best teachers can help them learn and retain knowledge.
TpT resource is E is for my newest resource uploaded today! – “ee” phonic jigsaw cards
On another note – E is also going to be for exercise – 15 minutes a day starting from today!