school Education


 

Kids at School

 

It's never too early to teach children about epilepsy. Our educational programs include the Take Charge of the Storm Jr. program for elementary students K-5 and “Take Charge of the Facts” for middle and high school students. Both programs are an appropriate addition to health and science classes, social-psychology classes, or in the classroom or building where a child with epilepsy is present. All student programs are free of charge.

Take Charge of the Storm Jr. 

Students who complete this training will gain a basic understanding of epilepsy and different types of seizures, have the ability to identify a seizure and know how to appropriately react when a classmate has a seizure. The program encourages students to be a good friend to classmates with epilepsy. 

Following each presentation, children are invited to draw a poster depicting what they learned. These posters are entered into our poster contest which awards cash prizes annually.

Take Charge of the Facts 

This program helps students to achieve a basic understanding of epilepsy as a medical condition, to identify and learn about different types of seizures and to learn what to do and what NOT to do when someone is having a seizure. This program goes more in depth with terminology and teaches students about different seizure types. The program includes a video that provides additional information about seizures and epilepsy and shows footage of several seizure types. 

School Personnel 

Teachers and other staff play an especially critical role in the school experience of children with epilepsy, as classroom personnel are often the first to notice the signs and symptoms of a seizure disorder. They are in a unique position to observe the progress of treatment, and to identify and address the behavioral and learning issues that effect some children with seizures.

Students who experience seizure activity while they are at school are at risk for social isolation and poor self-esteem, and their seizures and side-effects of medications can profoundly and negatively impact their academic performance. Our educational programs cover basic epilepsy and seizure 101 information, recognizing common seizures types, providing seizure first aid, knowing when a seizure is an emergency, and how to be supportive of students in the classroom who live with epilepsy.

Managing Students with Seizures: A Training for School Nurses

School Nurse and School Personnel Training

This program is designed to provide the school nurse with information, strategies and resources that will enable him/her to better manage the student with seizures.

Check our events page for dates for our annual in person training. 

We are always actively scheduling programs. Please contact our Health Educator to schedule an in-service or to request information about our programs or other services.

Erica DeNicola-Scher, MS
Health Educator
(518) 456-7501
edenicola@epilepsyneny.org

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