Observing Epilepsy in the Classroom
Faculty might observe the following characteristics in students with epilepsy:
- May appear disoriented
- May leave classroom abruptly
- May experience petit or grand mal seizures
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders
- National Institutes of Health, Medline Plus: Seizures
Related Functional Characteristics
Chemical Sensitivity : Seizures can be triggered by chemical sensitivity such as ammonia or pesticides.
Fatigue (Cognitive) : Cognitive fatigue in students with epilepsy can be due to seizures or side-effects of certain types of medication.
Flicker or Pattern Sensitivity : Exposure to repetitive patterns, flickering video, stroboscopic lights, and fluctuating sounds may trigger seizures.
Information Processing Speed : Seizures can cause disruption of the ability to process incoming information and in the integration of information.
Long Term Memory Deficit : Seizures can cause damage and interference with memory processes that may impair the ability to learn new information or retrieve what has already been learned.
Processing Deficit (Visual) : Epileptic seizures interfere with visual processing and can impact what a student is able to visually process.
Risk for Injury : Students with epilepsy may be at risk for injury due to seizures.
Seizures : Seizures are a characteristic of epilepsy.
Sequencing Deficit : Students with epilepsy may have sequencing difficulties due to seizures that cause interruptions in their ability to process information.
Service Animal Needs : Students may have a service animal trained to detect an impending seizure.
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