One in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime, and schools can help kids with epilepsy rise above seizures by getting “seizure smart.”
Coach Kill’s Chasing Dreams Fund helps kids chase their dreams by supporting Seizure Smart Schools, which brings students, teachers, school nurses, staff and families together to foster understanding of epilepsy in schools and teach seizure first aid. There are 2,500 schools in our community that can support kids with epilepsy with basic education from EFMN. Nearly 100 schools have already participated, and Anoka-Hennepin, the state’s largest district, became the first “seizure smart” school district in 2015. Listen to the latest BlogTalkRadio podcast, featuring Anoka-Hennepin and Seizure Smart Schools. We are starting a movement!
The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota also just released a free app for smartphones and tablets, called Seizure First Aide. It provides real-time basic seizure first aid to help school staff, parents and friends support people with epilepsy. Visit efmn.org/app to download it to get “seizure smart.” We hope school staff, soccer coaches and friends download this app to know what to do during a seizure. Also watch our “back to school made easy” webinar with Dr. Timothy Feyma, a pediatric neurologist at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, to get expert advice on kids with epilepsy in schools.
I am asking you to join our team. Coach Kill’s video outlines the need for schools to support students with seizures, and the training takes very little of a school’s time. It’s also FREE. Visit our webpage directory to see if your school is “seizure smart.” Our staff can work with your school to help students rise above seizures. One person can make a difference in the lives of many, so be the change in your school today!
- Vicki Kopplin, executive director