Kids Teaching Kids Epilepsy
One in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy at some point in their life – that’s one person diagnosed with epilepsy every 4 minutes, every day. The good news is that many of these patients can have complete seizure control with medication. Even those who have occasional seizures from time to time can still lead perfectly normal lives. The bad news is that most people don’t know this. Many epilepsy patients end up being inappropriately limited in their activities and face discrimination in the work place, in public, and even at home.
We at the Epilepsy Foundation of Idaho (EFI) believe that it is important to breakdown the stigma of epilepsy through education and awareness. The best way to achieve this goal is by educating people when they are still young, eliminating the stigma.
We have developed the Kids-Teaching-Kids-Epilepsy program as a pilot program for the Epilepsy Foundation of America. This program raises epilepsy awareness through kids learning about epilepsy and teaching their peers about the disease. Additionally, the kids learn slide presentation and public speaking skills, which help them through academic life. The program requires active participation from a classroom, preferably 4th-6th grades, at each participating school within the Treasure Valley.
This is a very unique program that benefits not only people directly affected by epilepsy but also educates elementary school kids while broadening their skills and confidence.
If you are interested in getting involved in this initiative, please contact us at www.epilepsyidaho.org.