School has started back for some and is just around the corner for others. Whether you’re a parent or a student, navigating school with epilepsy can be challenging for anyone.
As you begin your back to school routine and get back into the swing of things, be sure to keep these 5 Back to School Tips for People with Epilepsy in mind for a successful school year.
TIP #1: SEIZURE BUDDY
It can be difficult to share that you have epilepsy or seizures with others, but it’s important that someone close to you knows, in case an emergency should occur. Pick someone that you trust to be your “seizure buddy” and if a seizure happens, they can properly perform seizure first aid or call an adult for assistance.
TIP #2: SEIZURE ACTION PLAN
A Seizure Action Plan (SAP) or Seizure Response Plan, is a plan of action for when a seizure occurs. There are many templates available for SAP’s via the web, like these from the Epilepsy Foundation. This ensures that if a seizure occurs that the proper steps will be taken in order to provide a safe place for first aid, recovery, or rescue medications.
TIP #3: WEAR A MEDICAL ID
Wearing a medical ID should be a priority for anyone with a medical condition and it could save your life! There are many options – bracelets, necklaces, wallet cards – available to alert a bystander or emergency personnel that you have special medical needs. If you are in need of a medical ID but aren’t able to afford one, you can print a free medical ID card here.
TIP #4 RESCUE MEDS
Rescue medications aren’t necessary for everyone with epilepsy or seizures, but if it is a requirement you want to make sure you or your child has rescue medications with them at school if a seizure should occur. In addition, make sure to include rescue medication instructions to ensure the person administering the meds is educated on the proper procedure.
TIP #5: EDUCATE YOUR PEERS
Education is key to ending stigmas associated with epilepsy and seizures. I wear my “E badge” proudly, and I encourage others to do so – this helps to educate those around you and others that may not understand epilepsy. Seize (no pun intended) opportunities to share epilepsy facts and experiences with your friends and school faculty – this creates a safer environment for anyone navigating school with epilepsy.
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Epilepsy Foundation: https://www.epilepsy.com/learn/managing-your-epilepsy/seizure-response-plans-101
Epilepsy Wallet Card: https://www.epilepsywalletcard.com/