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My Specialist Experience Teaching Children with Epilepsy

Epilepsy varies from child to child, so it is important for me to find out as much as possible about a child's epilepsy in order to avoid making assumptions about how their condition might affect their learning. Some children may experience photosensitive epilepsy so it is important to ensure that any screens used do not flicker or have fast-moving, flashing images, if this is a trigger. It is also important to make sure that the environment is suitable and avoid flickering lights or blinds that may reflect or make patterns with lights. Another trigger for some children may be stressful situations or certain times of the day which is why I need to ensure that lessons are planned at an appropriate time and at the right level of challenge and support – both academic and pastoral. Safety is, of course, important for all children and part of keeping children who have epilepsy safe when in my care is to make sure that I know how their epilepsy affects them, what to do if a seizure happens and when to call an ambulance. All of this would be discussed with the parents and child and it is beneficial for me to have an accessible copy of their Health Care/ Emergency Plan in all lessons.

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