Epilepsy isn't just a health risk, it impacts on learning too

The condition is linked to underachievement so affected students may need support, says Margaret Mulholland

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Our eldest child fell into a canal lock while having a fit. Fraser had been diagnosed with epilepsy years before, but the fits were never of the “classic” fall-on-the-floor type (tonic clonic). In fact, despite a formal diagnosis, spells of absence or dizziness were often dismissed at school as a failure to pay attention or reluctance to exert himself.

However, as he hit puberty, Fraser’s symptoms changed. He started to have vomiting episodes, followed by Todd’s paresis, where he would lose control of one side of his body. Over months, we worked out the right medication to control the nausea, ...

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