By Lynn Bennett Blackburn PhD
Becoming Up with Epilepsy presents mom and dad with the instruments had to increase a toddler with epilepsy, to help his/her social improvement, supply potent self-discipline, and negotiate the tutorial procedure.
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The odds 36 growing up with epilepsy: a practical guide for parents Blackburn/Interior/All 2/14/03 11:42 AM Page 37 that a child with epilepsy will develop some type of learning problem are higher than for children without epilepsy. However, this does not mean that it will happen to your child. We know from research that the risk of learning problems is related to a number of factors, including age of seizure onset, type of seizures, number of seizure types the child experiences, type and number of medications, and frequency of seizures.
If your child has more than one type of seizure, the school should be provided with this information for each type of seizure manifestation. School personnel need to know what you do for your child during a seizure. Do they need to protect your child from falling or guide your child if she begins to wander? Should they just observe the seizure while providing reassurance to other students? Will they need to help your child get back on task when the seizure is over? Will your child need a change of clothes at school due to incontinence during the seizure?
You need to know if the problem is evident throughout the school day. Ask what happens as a result of the problem. Does your child have other children doing written work for him? Is your child unable to read math story problems, but able to read his reading textbook? Does your child still have to do the math story problems even if he can not read? Find out what the teacher has already tried. Has the teacher given your child some extra help, or referred her for remedial services? Did the teacher try any different ways of presenting the material that is hard for your child?