Epilepsy Awareness

Producer: Embrace Learning

Duration: 3 hours.
This product is an online product and is a single-user, 1-year licence.
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Aimed at people working in the health and social care sectors, this course has been developed in association with British Institute of Learning Disabilities and Voyage Care.

This e-learning training course aims to raise awareness of epilepsy-how it is diagnosed, the symptoms, the different types of seizure and possible triggers and what happens in the brain to cause them. Understanding epilepsy and its effects will help learners to provide better support to service users with the condition.

The training course emphasises the importance both of keeping accurate records and of support plans; how they can help learners to identify when a person is going to have a seizure and what they should do to protect and assist them through it.

The training course provides access to information about the treatments available for epilepsy and about possible side-effects. It also considers the implications the condition has on people's everyday lives and the risks that seizures can pose.

Please Note: The demo link for this title is representative of the courseware but does not give access to the actual course.

The recommended settings to run this course are:

- Minimum Internet Explorer 6/Netscape Navigator 7
- Flash enabled – Minimum V6
- Popup windows enabled
- Minimum Windows 2000 Operating System
- Authorware may also need to be installed for some courses


The study units are:

- Understanding epilepsy
- Recognising seizures and providing support
- Lifestyle implications


The objectives for each study unit are that learners will be able to:

- Quote some of the statistics relating to people with epilepsy who have learning difficulties
- Explain what epilepsy is and identify possible causes of the condition
- Identify methods used to diagnose epilepsy
- Understand the basics of how the brain works and what causes seizures
- List the different types of seizure and their symptoms
- Explain what a Non-epileptic Attack Disorder (NEAD) is
- Describe the signs to look out for when service users are about to have an epileptic seizure
- Understand the importance of knowing each service user's warning signs and support needs
- Identify the conditions and circumstances that can trigger epileptic seizures
- List the do's and don'ts when supporting someone through a seizure and explain what to do in an emergency
- Define the term Status Epilepticus
- Access detailed information about medication available for people with epilepsy
- Describe other methods of treatment such as vagus nerve stimulation
- Explain the impact epilepsy can have on a person's lifestyle and state of mind
- Understand what SUDEP means and why people with epilepsy may be at higher risk of an early death
- List the records that must be kept when supporting people with epilepsy.

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