It is estimated that 1 in 200 students has epilepsy. This means every teacher is likely to teach a child with epilepsy during their career.

Resources  

Booklet – Children With Epilepsy

Checklist for Parents (Starting or moving schools?)

Learning Conversations (Epilepsy and its possible impacts on learning)

Individual Learning Plan (ILP)

Auditory Processing and Epilepsy

Language and Epilepsy

Memory and Epilepsy

Numeracy and Epilepsy 

Visual Processing

 

coming soon 

The seizure smart schools program has been developed to support students, teachers and schools.

Schools have a duty of care to provide a safe learning environment for all students and ensure they accommodate the needs of all students.

Epilepsy can have a big impact on a child’s experience at school due to the impact of seizures and any medication they may be taking, making it hard for a child to concentrate or remember information from class. The stigma and discrimination still felt by many living with epilepsy today can also contribute to these difficulties. Epilepsy is more than just seizures and first aid training is not enough. There are over 40 types of epilepsy and everyone’s experience with the condition is different.

Teachers need to understand the impact of epilepsy on student learning, as well as having epilepsy-specific training in understanding and managing epilepsy.

Every child’s experience of epilepsy is different and therefore supporting them at school will require an individualised approach. By becoming a seizure smart school you can demonstrate that your school has a supportive and inclusive learning environment.

 

 

Back to top