Clarke Benson

Epilepsy: A Common Physical and Health Disability of Students

Blog Post created by Clarke Benson on Dec 20, 2013

Students who have health conditions, especially those who are very young have special needs that place take place precedence before anything else. These children require special alterations to be made in their environment so that they can interact normally with other children not affected by these disorders. Children with mild symptoms can learn and play normally with kids if they are being treated; others with severe symptoms are unable to do so even with special accommodations. This medical school essay explains the conditions and symptoms of some of the most common diseases.


Children with such diseases, who attend schools, need teachers who understand their special conditions and do not discriminate them; one of the most common conditions which are seen in schools is explained below:



Children who suffer from epilepsy have frequent episodes of fits and seizures sometimes several times a day. The seizures may be generalized that is involve the whole of the brain or can be partial i.e. involve only a certain portion of the brain. Some children can predict they are going to experience a seizure soon and this can help them warn their teachers or peers of the impending fit. Children might anticipate their seizure either by sensing a change in aura, or smell, taste, sound or vision or experiencing strange behavior in themselves.


Some seizures are difficult to identify by people who are seeing them or by the individual who are experiencing. These might include lapse in consciousness such as what happens during absence or petit mal seizures. As these seizures do not comprise of violent fits, a teacher might assume the student has just fallen asleep.


Simple partial seizures are also less dramatic in which students experience their environment as altered and distorted; teachers and peers can sometimes not identify these seizures as one and believe that student is simple misbehaving in class.

Complex partial seizures are of short duration and children who suffer from these return to normal activities quickly. Teachers might interpret this behavior as a child fooling around in class which can cause distraught for the student.


Generalized Tonic Clonic Seizures: These seizures are the most violent type of seizures and were previously known as grand mal seizures. These seizures manifest themselves through a violent episodes of fits and loss of consciousness. This severe form of seizure can serve to frighten the teachers as well as the students who are present in class. A student suffering from this type of seizure can fall down to the floor, go rigid and stiff as a board, followed by erratic fits which makes his limbs jerk.


Students who have epilepsy might need lots of pillows or wedges at home and school and especially designed chairs which can prevent them from falling and injuring themselves.