You can implement strategies for children with epilepsy to learn more and improve their cognitive skills.
Beyond seizures per se, this disease usually affects some neurocognitive processes in patients who suffer from it, especially as to how they receive and process environmental tactile, olfactory, gustatory, visual, physical and spatial stimuli, which can lead to the development of learning disabilities.
However, for years therapies have focused on this population group in order to increase brain plasticity and thus improve learning processes and cognitive development.
A recent study led by Daniela Ramirez, occupational therapist and master in neuroscience with the National University of Colombia, analyzed the sensory processing of 88 children with epilepsy between the ages of 7 to 10 and found that most of them experienced difficulties in areas such as reading, writing, arithmetic and activities involving movement and coordination.
Study participants took part in a cognitive test in which they were given instructions to perform a specific activity. After each repetition of the test, the children obtained better scores.
“Children can learn if you focus on overcoming difficulties. This will also improve their quality of life, as it will reduce stigma in schools. Teachers should propose strategies to teach differently, “said Ramirez.
Therefore, she suggests that education institutions take into account the profile of each epilepsy patient, and design plans tailored to each one of these children, including dynamic and passive activities that facilitate their “understanding of processes” and their academic progress.
Signs with bold colors and different textures are an ideal method to stimulate passive patients.