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ERIC Number: EJ1090503
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0829-5735
Creating Inclusive School Environments: Recommendations for the Management of Neurobehavioural Comorbidities in Children with Epilepsy
MacKinnon, Cheryl; Roberts, Jillian; Wylie, Jaimie
Canadian Journal of School Psychology, v31 n1 p17-26 Mar 2016
The neurobehavioural comorbidities associated with childhood epilepsy present significant physical challenges (i.e., excessive fatigue, memory impairment, headaches, visual impairments), emotional challenges (i.e., depression, anxiety), behavioural challenges (i.e., inattentiveness, distractibility, aggression), and social challenges (i.e., peer rejection, bullying, stigma) to children. Poor functioning within these domains can negatively affect academic success and school adjustment. As schools play a significant role in a child's development, understanding how to support the social, psychological, and physical needs of these children is important. This article reviews literature examining the neurobehavioural comorbidities associated with childhood epilepsy and the barriers these conditions create to academic success and school adjustment. The article also provides recommendations based on the authors' qualitative research about how best to support these children. Findings suggest that educating school communities about epilepsy and the challenges associated with it might promote inclusive school environments and mitigate negative school experiences. Findings also emphasize the need for an allied approach to the provision of support to ensure the needs of both students and faculty are met.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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