Epilepsy is a common disorder of the nervous system that causes a child to have seizures. A seizure happens when there are abnormal electrical signals affecting one or more parts of the brain, and that can consequently interrupt normal brain activity. Anything can lead to the mentioned situation, including high fever, high or low blood sugar, alcohol and others.
Epilepsy affects children in different ways, there are some in which epilepsy will not have impact in their ability to learn or conquer their grades at school , but there are others that may need additional support, for example due to the time needed to recover from a seizure, a child who has absence seizures and may miss key points during lessons or even the frequent fatigue in children with poorly controlled epilepsy.
Attention difficulties can also be present as an obstacle to the learning process. A recent study approaching the behaviour in children in the 6 months before a first recognized seizure revealed that 24,6% of the children had higher than expected rates of behavioural problems, especially attention difficulties.
Teachers are also fundamental. The awareness near the teachers help them to understand how to act and to report if they notice there are areas in which child can benefit of an extra support.
Other possible relevant support group are students. All people can act in a better way when correctly informed and understanding the situation, so to learn about epilepsy in the classroom can be a good way to do this awareness.