Going to School With Epilepsy

School children having fun after schoolEpilepsy in children is a serious condition, but for most it doesn’t mean an end to going to school or participating in regular activities.

Some kids with epilepsy may have a few extra needs like extra time on tests, a special diet or visiting the nurse for medication, but all kids with epilepsy need to make sure their school’s staff is able to respond in case of a seizure.

Communicating With School Staff

If your child has epilepsy, making sure their teacher and the school staff is educated about epilepsy and how it affects your child is one of the most important things you can do. Start each school year by meeting with your child’s teacher to discuss their condition and how to respond if your child has a seizure. Ask if there are other staff at the school you should speak with, such as a gym teacher, nurse or others. Make sure to touch base with them throughout the school year about changes in medication and the progress of treatment.

Including Classmates in the Discussion

Having a seizure at school can be embarrassing and stressful for children experiencing them and can scare others. Ask your child’s teacher or school nurse to discuss epilepsy with your child’s class in a comfortable setting for your child. Talking with students about epilepsy can help to prevent teasing or unwanted attention.

Educating your child’s classmates about epilepsy in children is an important step to correcting myths or inaccuracies they may have heard.

All adults who care for your child during the school day should know what to do if your child has a seizure. This includes not only teachers, but also bus drivers, lunch room attendants, janitors and others. Ask your child’s principal to post tips for managing a seizure around the school.