Epilepsy is a neurological condition where a person is prone to having seizures that originate in the brain.

Seizures may include:

– Convulsions

– Strange sensations (e.g. unusual  tastes of smells)

– Repetitive motions

– Brief period of unconsciousness

Some seizures happen in response to triggers such as stress, excitement or lack of sleep. In some seizures a person may be aware of what is happening, in others they will be unconscious and have no memory of the event.

More than half a million people in the UK have Epilepsy.

Epilepsy is usually treated with AEDs (Anti-Epileptic Drugs)

 

Children with Epilepsy

Most children with epilepsy attend mainstream schools but a minority with severe epilepsy may need to attend specialised schools.

The impact of epilepsy varies depending on age and the type of seizures.

For some children epilepsy will not affect their day to day lives. However others may find it scary and difficult to understand.

Some seizures are more common in childhood, for example; absence seizures, which are brief and often mistaken for daydreaming.

Seizures that happen while sleeping (‘Nocturnal’ seizures) can disrupt sleep patterns and leave a child feeling tired and confused the following day

 

Things they might find difficult

Some people can  feel embarrassed or isolated due to their condition.

Behavioural problems may arise from frustration with epilepsy or from being teased/bullied about it at school or work.

People with epilepsy are more at risk of low self-esteem and depression

Epilepsy and the Anti-Epileptic Drugs used to treat it can impair learning. As such many children with epilepsy can under achieve at school.

 

Things that might help

Communication between the child, parents, schools and doctors. Encouraging the child to talk about their epilepsy.

Items such as safety pillows and protective hats for additional security.

Encouraging independence and a positive outlook.

 

Things that might not help

It’s important to strike a balance between a child’s safety and making sure they enjoy a full range of activities. Imposing unnecessary restrictions can isolate them and contribute to low self-esteem.

 

Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.

 

We have a number of staff with a great deal of experience helping people, of all ages, to manage their conditions and any associated difficultes.