How Is the Brain Affected?
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures or involuntary movements. Although most people associate epilepsy with obvious seizures or convulsions, the disorder can have symptoms that are much more subtle. Some epilepsy symptoms can appear to be normal childhood behaviors, such as daydreaming or stumbling.
Signs of Epilepsy
Febrile seizures can be an initial presentation to epilepsy, however are usually a benign incident. Some seizure activity can also be outgrown in many cases and the child may temporarily need to take medication to improve. If you are concerned that your child could have epilepsy, please review the list of signs below. Discuss these signs with your pediatrician or primary care provider. You also can contact us to learn more and to discover how you can become eligible for SCLARC’s services.
- Repeated movements that look out of place or unnatural
- Short spells of blank staring or daydreaming
- Sudden falling or stumbling
- Frequent stumbling or unusual clumsiness
- Dazed or confused behavior
- Repetitive nodding
- Rapid blinking
- Lack of responsiveness for brief periods
- Frequent complaints about things looking, sounding, tasting, smelling, or feeling strange or unusual behaviors
- Unusual sleepiness
- Irritability when waking up
- Sudden episodes of fear without specific causes
- Jackknife-like movements when sitting down (for babies)
- Grabbing movements with both arms while lying on his or her back (for babies)
How Can SCLARC Help?
SCLARC is n resource provider for individuals with developmental disabilities and epilepsy.
- Intake Assessment
- Case Management Services