Preventing Myths and Misunderstandings
People are afraid of something when they don’t understand it. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths and misunderstandings about epilepsy and seizures. Children may have to deal with people who are afraid of them.
A “stigma” is when there is a feeling of shame about something because of what people think or believe. In the public there is a stigma about epilepsy. Being open and honest is the best way to fight the stigma.
Most parents and school staff are kind people. Given the chance, they want to understand and they want to help. They just need to learn about the condition and what they can do to help.
There are materials available to help make it easier to teach others. Many find that a good videotape or DVD is helpful. It is something that can be lent to a schoolteacher or babysitter.
This website has listed and described many sources of information and materials. Some of the best ones for sharing with others come from the Epilepsy Foundation and their affiliates, or parent organizations like Stone Soup Group.