It is important for your child that you work in partnership with the school.
Make an appointment with your child’s teacher to discuss the various issues that may arise, and encourage your child to go along to the meeting if they want.
If your child is at secondary school, ask their tutor to share the information with the other staff who care for your child.
The school should be given as much information as possible about your child’s seizures and how to deal with them. The kind of information they will need is:
- The medical diagnosis and frequency of seizures.
- A description of a typical type of seizure.
- Any triggers for the seizures.
- How to deal with the seizure and a note of the follow up care your child needs.
- A description of what constitutes an emergency for the child and the action to take if this occurs.
- Family contact numbers.
- Clinic/hospital/GP contact numbers.
Providing information about epilepsy to other children in the class will help raise awareness of the condition, reduce fears and encourage understanding of how they can help if someone has a seizure.
This can be done either informally with stories that explain about epilepsy or in a more formal way from a specialist epilepsy service.
Information for schools
Our dedicated team offers free resources to schools and delivers epilepsy awareness training to both staff and students. In some parts of the UK this can be provided free of charge.