The patient and family play an instrumental role in understanding the importance of a child’s diagnosis of epilepsy. Family members, teachers, and caregivers must recognize seizures and know how to intervene appropriately. CYE need to have a seizure safety plan or a seizure action plan at school, which should be updated annually. Often, support through mental health services is also needed for CYE, particularly to manage co-morbidities such as ADHD, depression, and anxiety. Following are resources to assist with patient education:Diagnosis and Treatment:
Supporting a Child with Epilepsy
The Coordinating Center is a cooperative agreement between the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to establish a multifaceted community-based system of care that ensures that Children and Youth with Epilepsy (CYE) have access to the medical, social, and other supports and services that they require to achieve optimal health outcomes and improved quality of life. This Web site is funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).