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Summer camp experience for youth with epilepsy ages 8–17
Camp Brainstorm is a five-day, four-night resident summer camp experience where youth with epilepsy come together and enjoy all the fun activities and friendships that come with a trip to camp, while leaving behind various challenges epilepsy can bring to their daily lives. They are all surrounded—some for the first time—by dozens of other kids who know exactly what having epilepsy means. There are no worries about what people would think if they had a seizure or if they will be excluded from activities just because they are different. At Camp Brainstorm, epilepsy is the norm.
From swimming to kayaking to rock climbing, all campers get to experience the fun activities of camp, while in a safe and medically monitored setting. In the months leading up to camp, Foundation staff build relationships with the campers, as well as their parents, and develop a solid grasp of their needs. This ensures an unforgettable camp experience. To learn more, visit EpilepsyCamp.com.
Education and empowerment for teens ages 12–19 and their parents or caregivers
The Live It! Youth Transition program is an educational program promoting independence, individuality, and growth. We offer a supportive environment for teens to meet and get information about managing their seizures and preparing for adulthood. Teens have a chance to get to know other teens living with epilepsy and learn ways to navigate life with epilepsy. Parents will have the opportunity to get tools and advice on parenting their teen who is living with epilepsy as they transition into adulthood.
Our meetings are held once a month in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin from 10:30am to 12:30pm. You are also be able to join us online. To register and get email updates, contact us at Programs@EFCST.org.
Education and enrichment for teens and young adults living with or affected by epilepsy
Peer 2 Peer is an innovative approach to education, assistance, and enrichment for teens and young adults living with or affected by epilepsy. It consists of 8 training sessions that each peer must complete to be certified as a Peer Educator. Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to go forth in their respective communities and educate peers on topics discussed through the duration of the program.
Peer 2 Peer was developed by the National Youth Council of the Epilepsy Foundation and is supported by the CDC. For more information, contact us at Programs@EFCST.org, or click below to submit an inquiry form to become a P2P educator.
Group art therapy for youth and adults with epilepsy
Studio E allows youth and adults with epilepsy to explore their creativity, meet others with epilepsy and express themselves in an open, accepting and safe group setting. According to research, people living with epilepsy reported increased self-esteem after participating in Studio E. During the program, participants work with licensed art therapists using a variety of artistic media, including painting, sketching and sculpting. Because some things are easier to “say” through art, Studio E provides people impacted by epilepsy a unique opportunity to express themselves and open up about their experiences with the condition.
Studio E is made possible through an ongoing partnership between Lundbeck, a pharmaceutical company committed to helping people with epilepsy, and the Epilepsy Foundation. To learn more about Studio E or see artwork from previous programs, visit YourPartnerInEpilepsy.com. For more information, contact us at Programs@EFCST.org.