Classroom Accommodations for Students with Epilepsy

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

Having a student with epilepsy does not need to cause you anxiety. Instead, follow these steps to prepare yourself to appropriately accommodate your student with epilepsy.

Epilepsy Basics

What is epilepsy? Epilepsy is a neurological condition that causes seizures. Seizures, medically speaking, are a disruption in the brain's electrical activity. Practically speaking, there are a variety of seizure types, so there are a range of symptoms you might see.

Some seizures have motor symptoms. These may include jerky movements of the limbs, muscles that become tense or weak, or twitching movements. Some seizures have non-motor symptoms, such as a sudden pause in activity, loss of focus, or staring into space. A person having a seizure may remain conscious and aware, or they may become confused and disoriented.

If you have a student with epilepsy, you may need to respond to seizures that occur during the school day. You also need to take into account other ways in which epilepsy may affect the student's education.

Classroom Accommodations

504 Plan

A student with epilepsy should have a 504 plan, a formal plan that details the accommodations the student needs in order to fully access and participate in the general curriculum. This plan should be formulated with the input of the student, family, and doctors, taking into account the student's specific needs.

Here are some accommodations to consider.

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