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Seizures

Definition: Uncontrolled electrical activity in the


brain, which may produce a physical convulsion,
minor physical signs, thought disturbances, or a
combination of symptoms.

Symptoms:

Temporary confusion
A staring spell
Uncontrollable jerking movements of the arms
and legs
Loss of consciousness or awareness
Psychic symptoms

Types:
Generalized Seizures
(Produced by the entire
brain)

Symptoms

1. "Grand Mal" or
Generalized tonic-clonic

Unconsciousness,
convulsions, muscle
rigidity

2. Absence

Brief loss of consciousness

3. Myoclonic

Sporadic (isolated),
jerking movements

4. Clonic

Repetitive, jerking
movements

5. Tonic

Muscle stiffness, rigidity

6. Atonic

Loss of muscle tone

Source: The Mayo Clinic


http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/symptoms

What Can Teachers Do?


Follow their
individual Seizure
plan
If Seizures are not
common for the
child, call 911
Make sure they are
wearing protective
clothing if condition
is severe (helmet)
While a seizure is
occurring:
Help them get to a
comfortable place
where they can be
safe
Move other objects
away from them so
they will not be hit
Put something soft
under their heads
for protection
Assure them that
you are there and
keep calm
Follow their seizure
plan
Help them get
comfortable after
the seizure is over