Fighting epilepsy from the classrooms
Epieduca is an intervention program for people affected by epilepsy in the educational environment through technology
The Epieduca initiative, promoted by the entity Apoodravet, MJN Neuroserveis as a technological promoter and the financial support of the QUAES Foundation, will allow the integration of all those young people who, due to drug-resistant epilepsy, are at high risk of suffering seizures in the school environment. This risk situation directly affects the autonomy of these young people for many routine tasks, which affects their levels of self-esteem and can cause depression and/or anxiety affecting their social relationships and ultimately be isolated from other partners.
Epieduca enables an inclusive education
Using current information and communication technologies such as smartphones and wearable sensors, teachers will be equipped with a mobile application that will indicate through a traffic light, the risk level of the student to suffer an epileptic seizure and for each risk situation some advice.
- Green traffic light: the child can do all school activities with a very low risk of crisis.
- Yellow traffic light: in a period of risk, we will change activity, distraction, and relaxation.
- Red traffic light: Initiation of the safety protocol with the objective that the student waits for the possible crisis in a safe environment supervised by caregivers or teachers assigned. Once the traffic light turns green, the student can return to normal activities.
The technology that makes the Epieduca project possible
Through the non-invasive atrial sensor SERAS_Epilepsy that records the brain activity of at-risk students and a mobile app with Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms that learn the biometric patterns of the user to detect and alert of an epileptic seizure. The application will send alerts to relatives/caregivers/teachers and 112 as well as the user’s GPS location. The app will also include customizable serious games.
The benefits of the Epieduca program
- Align educational dynamics with the temporal pattern of brain excitation in people affected by epilepsy.
- Elimination of uncertainty of the student’s environment of not knowing when a crisis will occur.
- Elimination of the risk of accidents due to the crisis.
- Increased security and autonomy of the affected person.
- Knowledge by peers that epilepsy is a perfectly manageable disease.
The Epieduca programme is currently under development.
MJN Neuroserveis is born to improve the quality life of people suffering from epilepsy and their environment, for this reason, they do not only develop cutting-edge technology that allows greater autonomy and safety to the affected but also involving itself in the most social aspects to destigmatize the disease and facilitate the inclusion of this group.
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