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Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by Roboteer, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. Roboteer

    Roboteer New commenter

    I had a pupil who would appear to have very poor concentration - like they were on another planet at times. They were unaware of things that had been said to them/right by them.
    It turned out that their sleep epilepsy (which we were unaware of) had moved into being a daytime problem and they eventually had a grand mal fit in my classroom.
  2. gergil4

    gergil4 New commenter

    Thanks for your replies. Roboteer, this sounds a little close to home!
  3. I work in a residential special school which specialises in complex and intractable epilepsy so I have seen every type of epileptic seizure over the 3 years I have worked there. There are SO many different types of seizures from uncontrollable manic laughing (gelastic seizures) to facial grimacing, speaking in a completely uncomprehendable way, sharp head drops through to the full tonic clonic seizure (the ones standard members of the public would recognise as epilepsy) and lots more. Some people develop a really high temperature and start getting hot sweats in the minutes before a seizure. Others just appear dazed and unresponsive and may suddenly stop speaking mid sentence because they keep having absence seizures. As to what you notice before diagnosis, I can't really comment on that as all of the students I work with were diagnosed in infancy. However, it is worth remembering that, depending on how severe the epilepsy is, some people can have excess electrical activity occurring in their brain all the time even if they are not having obvious seizures. In an educational setting, these children often struggle to keep up with their peers and can appear to be easily distracted because they miss some of the information they are being given. One of my students is so affected by constant seizure activity that he gets "stuck" on certain words and phrases and will repeat them over and over again, getting more and more frustrated as he is stuck in the "loop" and can't change what he is talking about. When he gets like this, we just have to leave him to calm as he gets so agitated.

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