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ERIC Number: EJ762234
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
Seizures and Teens: Maximizing Health and Safety
Sundstrom, Diane
Exceptional Parent, v37 n4 p77-79 Apr 2007
As parents and caregivers, their job is to help their children become happy, healthy, and productive members of society. They try to balance the desire to protect their children with their need to become independent young adults. This can be a struggle for parents of teens with seizures, since there are so many challenges they may face. Teenagers with seizures have many of the same issues and challenges as teens without epilepsy. They are at a critical developmental age where they want to fit in and be like everyone else. They feel invincible and believe that nothing can harm them. They may be rebellious and just not want to do things recommended by their parents or doctors. They want to stand on their own and be independent. Many teens also live "in the moment," displaying more impulsivity and risky behaviors than desired by adults. These normal adolescent behaviors and needs may conflict with parental attempts to keep their teen with seizures safe. This article explores some of the factors that may affect a teen's safety and ways to lessen these risks. How to create a safety management plan that will help maximize a teen's health and safety is introduced. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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