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Epilepsy - Robbie's story
The clip introduces us to Robbie, an 11 year old boy who has epilepsy. Robbie suffers from absences where he does not know where he is. The absences do not last very long, but have the potential to be very dangerous in certain circumstances. Robbie is very aware of this but takes the risk when doing the physical things of judo, rugby and skiing that he enjoys. Robbie is very active with his friends who all know about the absences and know what to do to get help. Robbie's friends believe that the absences do not stop the friendship and that the absences do not change Robbie as a person because he is just like any other friend. They are not embarrassed by the absences, but whilst it is a bit worrying they just carry on, whilst being a bit more supportive. Robbie has to take regular medication to prevent the absences which can be brought on by tiredness. Robbie is able to see both the positive and negatives about his condition that there are good things and bad things about it. He attends a group where people with epilepsy come together to talk about their condition. This has helped him to see others taking their medication and offered him a wide range of activities and trips. First broadcast in the Learning Zone on BBC2 in March 2012 as part of the programme Same but different.
Could be used to stimulate a discussion about epilepsy and how it can impact on one's life. As well as to consider how we may view people with disability. Children could explore the role of friends in offering support and being there in an emergency, as well as consider the good and bad points in one's life and how we can make more of the positive. Pupils could explore the concept of risk in our lives and what we can do to minimise it.
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