Teachers can be great allies in keeping your child with a seizure disorder safe and successful in school, but you'll need to make sure they have all the knowledge they need to help. Use these suggestions to create a information packet to bring educators up to speed.
Five Things Teachers Need to Know
1. My child may need emergency assistance from you during a seizure. Please review the materials I've sent and consult with the school nurse so you can be ready to help.
2. When my child appears to be daydreaming, he may be having an absence seizure. Please do not treat this as a behavior issue, and let me know what you have observed.
3. It's okay to let my child's classmates know about her condition as long as it's done in an appropriate way; I'd be happy to help prepare a program.
4. My child has a serious health condition, but he is still a child with ordinary interests and hope and dreams. Please help us keep his life as normal as possible.
5. Please keep the lines of communication open between our home and the school. My child needs all the adults in her life working together.
Printouts to Share with Teachers
What the Teacher Should Know: Epilepsy
Source: Government of British Columbia Ministry of Education
Disability Fact Sheet: Epilepsy
Source: National Dissemination Center for Children With Disabilities
Information for Education Professionals
Source: Epilepsy Action
Teaching Students with Epilepsy: Strategies for Educators (pdf)
Source: Massachusetts General Hospital
Physical Education Fact Sheet: Seizures