Most Children with Epilepsy should be able to attend normal mainstream schools. They should be able to take part in all activities. As long as the school is informed of the Epilepsy. I remember in my school days there were a few things I wasn’t allowed to take part in, which was a little bit silly. I was quite capable. There was a teacher or 2 that were quite aggressive. Because of a lack of understanding, one thought I was just messing around. At Polytech ( Tertiary Education), I studied Landscape Design. We did alot things in gardening, such as spraying. I was never allowed to do that. Once again, it seemed silly. I come from a Dairy farming family and I was very active on the farm. I had my own motorbike from a young age.
Its may be a good idea to involve other children in ones Epilepsy as well. How ? Well, If they are told about ones Epilepsy, they can learn what to do when a seizure occurs. It will show the children that there is no reason to be scared or panic.
There may be some that won’t be able to attend school. This may be the case if they have many seizures. When I hear of people that have many seizures a day, I think about how lucky I am. Some children may have additional problems. Maybe their Epilepsy leads to learning or physical difficulties. Many children these days seem to have learning issues. I sometimes wonder how real it all is. These sort of issues weren’t as common when I was at school.
My education was effected by my Epilepsy. When it arrived , I was 13-14. I had a few side effects such as gaining weight and tiredness. That’s funny, because since then I have had opposite effects. I have felt that I can really eat anything and not gain weight. I still try to not eat to much junk. Also with the sleeping. I’m not the best of sleepers. I’m often asleep in front of the T.V at 7pm, but only end up spending 3-4 hours in bed. HABIT , HABIT, HABIT. Alot of this is due to bad habits. There have been times that I have improved my sleeping. But then I go back to bad habits.
So, I am still very motivated to get Epilepsy out in the public. We need to get more people understanding it. I won’t stop until I am part of achieving this.