Epilepsy in Children
Use these tips to make sure your student with epilepsy is safe and supported during the school day.
Parents may feel a mix of excitement and worry as a new school year begins. This is especially true for parents of children with epilepsy and seizures who worry about safety during the school day. Here are some tips to keep students with epilepsy safer as they start a new school year.
1. Make a Seizure Action Plan.
A Seizure Action Plan contains the essential information school staff may need to know in order to help a student who has seizures. It includes information on first aid, parent and health care provider contact information, and medicines that may need to be taken during the school day. See an example of a Seizure Action Plan Cdc-pdf[265 KB]External from the Epilepsy Foundation.
Read the Ideas for Parents fact sheet Cdc-pdf[2.62 MB] for more tips on what to include in an action plan and how to talk to your child’s school.
2. Help school staff get trained.
CDC partners with the Epilepsy Foundation (EF) to deliver free training programs to school professionals.
- Managing Students with Seizures for School NursesExternal teaches school nurses how to care for students with seizures and train other school staff. It is available online or in person.
- Seizure Training for School PersonnelExternal teaches school staff (teachers, office staff, bus drivers, and others) to recognize seizures, provide first aid, and understand how epilepsy may affect a student. It is available online or in person.
- Seizure Training for Childcare PersonnelExternal teaches childcare providers how to recognize seizures and provide seizure first aid for young children. It is available in person through your local EF affiliate.
Use these tips to make sure your child with epilepsy has the support she needs at school.
3. Help other students understand epilepsy.
CDC also supports the EF to deliver epilepsy education programs that teach students about epilepsy and first aid. Talk to your child’s school to see if they would be willing to share these programs, which can be delivered by your local EF affiliate:
- Take Charge of the StormExternal is for middle school-aged students.
- Take Charge of the FactsExternal is for high school-aged students.
CDC’s Body and Mind (BAM) website teaches children aged 9-12 years about many health topics, including epilepsy. Children can learn what a seizure looks like, facts about epilepsy, about stigma and bullying, and how to provide seizure first aid.
4. Find Support
If you have questions about epilepsy, want to find others to talk to online or in a local support group, or want to find community events, visit CDC’s Find Support page.
Parents of teens may have specific concerns about how epilepsy is managed as they become more independent. CDC’s You Are Not Alone Parent Toolkit can help! Learn from other families’ examples as they talk about driving, dating, medicine, stress, school problems, and other important issues. Parents can use the toolkit on their own or lead a support group.