Children learn to live with epilepsy

Epilepto, a special friend is a story for children who need to know what epilepsy is and what it is all about. Children learn to live with epilepsy through this story, full of illustrations and messages designed so that the little ones can understand epilepsy more easily.

Through the character Epilepto, who is the protagonist of Epilepto, a special friend, a story is developed for educational classrooms, which aims to show how to act in the event of a seizure and get children affected by epilepsy to integrate in classrooms on equal terms.

The objective of this educational initiative designed by APEMSI (Spanish Association of People Affected by Severe Epilepsy) is to sensitize and give information about epilepsy to children starting from the smallest since, although we cannot cure the disease, we can help them accept it.

Childhood epilepsy is a disease that is still associated with a great burden of social marginalization, which makes it difficult to have a specific map of its real incidence in societies, something fundamental to carry out initiatives like this one in which institutions are involved, the medical community and society in general. The mission of this story and its distribution in the classrooms of all schools is to provide information, de-dramatize the myths related to epilepsy and put an end to the need to hide that still prevails in many children affected by epilepsy.

Epilepsy is a neurological disease, a brain disorder that affects neurons. They sometimes transmit signals in an abnormal way, which can cause strange sensations, emotions and behavior, muscle spasms and loss of consciousness. It is what is known as epileptic seizures.

Epilepsy can affect people of any age, sex, race, social class, or country. It is estimated that in the world there are 50 million people who suffer from epilepsy, and although it is usually thought that it is a disease exclusively of children and young people (75 percent of those affected are children under 16 years of age), it is also frequent in older people (15 out of every 1,000 people over 75 have epilepsy).

In Spain, according to available statistics, it is estimated that there are 400,000 people suffering from epilepsy today, and every year 20,000 people develop the disease for the first time. The lack of knowledge about the disease causes many patients with epilepsy to suffer discrimination and social stigma. And, although it is a disease as old as humanity, there is great ignorance about it, so it is still considered today as a "cursed" pathology.


Marisol New. Copywriter

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