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Student with epilepsy - looking for advice

Discussion in 'Behaviour' started by Marylinus, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. Hi all,
    I hope you can help with this problem. Any advice would be much appreciated
    An adolescent student of mine has epilepsy, is on the autistic spectrum and has significant learning difficulties. His epileptic seizures are controlled, but he can display aggressive and challenging behaviour, often with no obvious cause. He has hurt staff and students on several occasions and is in danger of permanent exclusion.
    What should I do?

     
  2. I rather doubt that the epilepsy has much, if anything, to do with the violent behaviour.
    He has "<u>significant learning difficulties</u>" and he is "<u>on the autistic spectrum</u>" and he displays "<u>aggressive and challenging behaviour</u>" with the added complication of <u>epilepsy</u> into the bargain.
    If ever there were a candidate for a specialist educational environment, this boy is it. Is he actually learning anything at the moment that could make his adult life better?
    He may be in danger of permanent exclusion - unfortunately his teachers and fellow students are in constant and obvious danger from him. One way or another, he has to be removed from this environment. It is up to the larger education authority to provide a more appropriate place for him. Neither you nor the school can solve a problem that consists of having alternatives available that you have no power to build, staff, fund, or provide in any other way.
    The only power you and the school have is to safeguard yourselves and the other students and to advise his family about who else they can contact about other education and care options for him.
     

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