ERIC Number: EJ946382
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
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Reference Count: 50
Epilepsy in School-Aged Children: More than Just Seizures?
Reilly, Colin; Ballantine, Rebecca
Support for Learning, v26 n4 p144-151 Nov 2011
Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder in childhood and can have a significant impact on a child's schooling. Children with epilepsy may have special educational needs due to having learning disability, specific learning difficulties, specific cognitive deficits or having symptoms associated with ASD, ADHD, depression or anxiety. These difficulties are often under-recognised due to the emphasis placed on the management of seizures. The effects of seizures and side-effects of anti-epileptic medications (AEDs) can also influence classroom learning. The significant stigma associated with epilepsy can influence attitudes towards affected children and impact on self-esteem. Interventions to support children with epilepsy should focus on epilepsy management, learning and behavioural interventions and whole-school psychosocial interventions. Epilepsy is a spectrum condition and for some children the effects on schooling will be minimal but for others significant supports will be needed. Therefore, an individualised approach within the school environment and close collaboration between teachers, parents and medical professionals are essential in order to meet the children's needs.
Descriptors: Learning Problems, Epilepsy, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Anxiety, Learning Disabilities, Seizures, Educational Environment, Depression (Psychology), Neurological Impairments, Special Needs Students, Cognitive Ability, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Drug Therapy, Social Bias, Self Esteem, Intervention, Behavior Modification, Student Needs
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