Epilepsy is a brain condition which means that the sufferer tends to have seizures. Anyone can suffer a seizure, however this doesn’t make them epileptic. Epilepsy is diagnosed after a number of seizures and doctors suspect that more could happen. It can start at any age and comes in a number of forms – some last a limited time whereas other forms are lifelong. It is fairly common and an estimated 1 in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy in their lifetime. An estimated 3 million Americans have the condition, with 200,000 per year diagnosed with the condition.
Epileptic seizures are the result of a sudden intense burst of electrical energy in the brain, leading to disruption of how the brain works thus resulting in an epileptic seizure. Seizures come in a range of types, and the results of a seizure depends on the part of the brain it affects. During some seizures the sufferer is alert and aware of their surroundings, whereas in others awareness is lost. Some can have unusual sensations movements and feelings, whereas others may drop to the floor and jerk .
Time and time again we see a soothing effect on the use of our multi sensory rooms for individuals with epilepsy. For those regularly spending consistent amounts of time in a sensory controlled environment, there can even be a reduction in the quantity or severity of the seizures. An epileptic seizure is extremely debilitating and a major interference with an individuals day-to-day life. Perhaps its our calming vibro acoustic sound waves or controlled lighting and soothing images. We can actually induce calm into our rooms with our fiber optics, bubble tubes, IRIS controlled light tunnels, interactive switches, digital sound and aromatherapy. No one really knows how profound time in our rooms may be for individuals with epilepsy, but if the reduction is even minimal, we feel it is time well spent.
Some great tools for engaging individuals with Epilepsy:
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