Epilepsy's impact on young people

Epilepsy's impact on young people

Epilepsy doesn’t just affect a young person when they’re having a seizure, it can affect them every day. It can have an impact on their learning, behaviour, emotions and relationships.

Young Epilepsy research shows that a significantly high proportion of young people with epilepsy have difficulty in at least one area of cognition or behaviour.[1]

Schools should utilise their existing support strategies to ensure young people with epilepsy have every opportunity to participate fully in school life and reach their academic potential.

Epilepsy training for staff should include both seizure management and the condition’s broader impact on young people.

[1] Young Epilepsy (2014) The identification of educational problems in childhood epilepsy: The Children with Epilepsy in Sussex Schools (CHESS) study

Guide for schools

Young Epilepsy helpline: email helpline@youngepilepsy.org.uk / call 01342 831342



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