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Parents Helping Parents

Studies show that the way parents feel about dealing with epilepsy has a major effect on how their child feels about having seizures and their effects. Connect with other parents around the world 24/7.

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Parents Make the Difference

  • Emphasize the positive; praise success.
  • Build on things your child likes and can do.
  • Avoid describing your child's seizures or the financial burden of medical care as problems in front of your child.
  • Encourage a special hobby or lessons to acquire a special skill.
  • Discuss seizures and epilepsy openly with your child and answer his or her questions about it.
  • Encourage your child to be active and to have as much social contact with other children as possible.
  • Try not to make your child's seizures a reason not to do things the family would otherwise do, or fail to discipline your child on that account.
  • Take some time for yourself without feeling guilty about it.

Resources for Parents

The Epilepsy Foundation provides many resources to for parents through our website and our affiliates. We also have a wide variety of materials available for purchase in our online store and some free materials (although you must cover the cost of shipping & handling). These materials range from children's books, CDs, DVDs, novels, etc. There are also items for children and parents.

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Where Parents Can Find Support
Epilepsy & My Child Toolkit

This downloadable resource guide and information referral source provides a general introduction to epilepsy and addresses the most common concerns parents often have immediately after diagnosis. The toolkit provides practical advice and guidance and includes forms to help parents organize medical and educational information, take notes, and facilitate communication between all parties involved in a child’s care.

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