Type of Seizures

The type of seizure can also have an impact on the child’s learning.

Generalised onset seizures affect both sides of the brain and so can impact learning in many different ways. These seizures also typically leave the child feeling disorientated, exhausted and needing a lot of time to recover.

Focal onset seizures start in smaller parts of the brain, for example the memory area or language area and affect those specific functions.

Some people have trouble thinking clearly for several hours up to a couple of days after a seizure. Nocturnal seizures affect sleep patterns and can affect alertness and attention the next day.

Click on the video to hear Dr Stephen Malone, Paediatric Neurologist and Epileptologist, outline the various types of seizures and their potential impact. (Some seizure terms mentioned in this video are no longer used).

The types of seizures