What is the Epilepsy Classroom?
- The Epilepsy Classroom caters to the individual learning and social-emotional needs of children who have intractable Epilepsy, that is, ongoing seizure activity despite maximal medical treatment, as well as children who have recently undergone brain surgery for intractable Epilepsy.
- The classroom is an initiative of The Centre for Brain & Mental Health at The Hospital for Sick Children.
- It is a Section 23 classroom with the Ministry of Education of Ontario.
- SickKids partners with the local school board; namely, the Toronto District Elementary School Board (TDSB) to provide programming.
- Children who attend the classroom become students of SickKids, while their OSR is held within the TDSB.
- We have a multidisciplinary team which incudes a special education teacher, educational assistants, development paediatrician, neuropsychologist and social worker to better understand the interplay between epilepsy and each student's learning profile and social-emotional needs.
- The classroom accepts students in grades two to eight, but in any given year students will be accepted from four consecutive grade levels.
- For more details, refer to the goals of the classroom.
How do I enroll my child, student or patient?
A referral to the Epilepsy Classroom can be made by a parent, teacher/school, neurologist, paediatrician, family physician or other professional. Download the referral form.
If you have questions about whether the child is a suitable candidate for the classroom, please to not hesitate to contact Dr. Elizabeth Kerr, head of the Epilepsy Classroom, at 416-813-8371.