You and Your IHP
Everyone’s epilepsy is different and so is the support that you will need. You may need additional time to complete work, a mentor to support you emotionally or additional technology, resources to support your learning or ‘break out’ time and space. All this should be included on the plan. You can find out more about the sort of support you can get here.
Find out who the best person is to speak to. As well as your teacher or tutor, there should be a SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) or Inclusion Leader at your school. At your college or Uni, you may find a Disability Adviser, Additional Learning Support Co-ordinator or Specialist Learning Support lead working with pastoral and wellbeing specialists in the Student Services department. Make sure you know who to speak to if your epilepsy, medication or support needs change as the IHP or ILP will need to be updated to reflect any changes.
It is really important that you let them know how your condition and mental health has been affected by Covid-19. Lots of young people will be anxious about what life in an educational setting will look like with Covid-19 safety measures in place. As stress and anxiety are recognised triggers for some people’s seizures, make sure you talk through any concerns that you may have and what you can do if you are worried when you are on and around campus.
Your school, college or university should arrange for staff to be trained to be able to support you. Try our free online training for educational professionals here.