I was in my second year of teaching when I had a tonic clonic seizure in the classroom while I was teaching. I am proud to say (and so to were the members of staff when they told me afterwards) that instead of a classroom of hysterical children (they were 5 & 6 year olds) a small contingency party went to the office and said that their teacher was not feeling well and had fallen over. The class were taken into the hall and were read a story by the head teacher. Parents asked me if I was OK but nobody questioned my ability to continue to teach my class. Another year, when I was rushing to go to a staff meeting (I hate being late!) I sat down and had a tonic clonic seizure. Again I was looked after by 1st aiders and the meeting carried on in a different room.
Each classroom has a 'help needed' sign and if a situation arises the children know to take it to the school office to get help quickly. This is the same for each class not just because of me. As a safety precaution I don't take groups of children outside of the school building alone, for school trips I have my own group of children with me but I always stay within the sight of another member of staff usually a first aider. It is not a problem and is safer for both the children and myself. I am sensitive to flashing lights and I am very aware when a florescent light strip needs changing and if necessary I turn that particular light off. I am always aware that if I am sensitive to it then there could be children that are sensitive also, that have not been diagnosed with Epilepsy. For the same reason, when the school photographer is in, I cover the glass of my classroom door with paper, to reduce the flicker of the camera flash.
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