This post is part of the Epilepsy Blog Relay™, which will run from June 1 to June 30, 2018. Follow along!
Diagnosed at 19 Clair has learned to live with the unpredictability of epilepsy, has met some amazing people along the way, has gotten married and had two beautiful children. EpilepsyBumps.com tells her epilepsy story.
Tips on explaining epilepsy to kids
Clair’s Epilepsy Blog Relay post is a particularly important one. She covers explaining epilepsy to kids. The video included here, thanks to Claire and daughter Riley, show how clear, honest and loving discussion around epilepsy can have a positive impact on children.
“Our five year old daughter has an amazing understanding of my epilepsy and epilepsy in general while our two year old is just at the beginning of that journey. I thought for today’s blog I would share our family’s top five tips for explaining epilepsy to young children.”
Epilepsy First Aid
Clair writes, “Telling your child about epilepsy is all well and good but what I found was Riley’s biggest question was ‘what can I do if you fall over and shake mummy?’ And I think that is the most important thing to address, we all feel helpless in a situation if we don’t know what to do and kids of all ages can do a lot so empowering them to do what they can makes epilepsy a lot less scary.
Keep things simple, just a couple of rules for what happens if ‘mummy falls over and shakes’. These are the strategies or rules we came up with for Riley.” Read more
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