Accommodation Solutions Online

Seizures (1B)

Seizures occur as a result of sudden abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Seizures can cause the person to pause, stare blankly, experience changes in vision or sensation, lose muscle control, pass out, or become confused.
Seizures typically last from 30 seconds to 2 minutes, and almost never last longer than 15 minutes. Seizures can be caused by temporary conditions such as fever, low sodium, or low blood sugar, or they may be caused by a medical condition such as tumors, brain injury, or as a side effect of medical treatment. Epilepsy is a brain disorder in which nerve cells in the brain signal abnormally; it is diagnosed only after a person has had two or more seizures.

Formal Diagnostics

A physician's diagnosis of one of the medical conditions related to seizures would be appropriate documentation.

Intake Questions

  • How often have you experienced seizures?
  • Are there certain triggers that cause you to experience seizures?
  • Do you know when you are likely to have a seizure and if so what do you generally do?
  • What accommodations or strategies have been effective in the past?

Resources

The Building Accepting Campus Communities (BACC) project was funded by the US Department of Education Office of Secondary Education grant #P333A080070-09. The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based on gender, age, disability, race, color, religion, marital status, veteran's status, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.