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Epilepsy and Safety Around the Home

Absence seizures: what they look like and how to react

February 11, 2016

By Deron Hamel The scene is a play rehearsal. Two high-school students, a boy and a girl, are practising their parts. Suddenly, the girl pauses. She stares blankly, appearing lost in her thoughts. Several seconds pass. She then she resumes speaking, as though nothing has happened. One of the students asks another if a teacher…

Epilepsy Ontario, long-term care providers collaborating to enhance resident care

August 14, 2014

Two long-term care providers have agreed to assist Epilepsy Ontario with a survey to help determine caregivers’ knowledge of seizure disorders. The intent is to gain a better understanding of their familiarity with epilepsy, its characteristics and the prevalence of seizure disorders in long-term care. Managers at homes owned by Peterborough-based OMNI Health Care and…

Trainer explains value seizure response dogs deliver

June 5, 2014

Gloria Peckham recalls how a British Columbia man, who received a seizure response dog she trained, is now living independently because of the canine. The man has a severe seizure disorder, and health authorities suggested he move into a group home because he experiences so many seizures. However, because the man now has a seizure…

Mother educates school on epilepsy guide dogs after misunderstanding

April 17, 2014

When Suzy Cornish’s daughter Ashley, accompanied by her epilepsy guide dog, recently went to a Kitchener school to pick up the son of a family friend, she was met by a teacher who told her she couldn’t enter the school with a dog. Ashley explaining to the teacher that her dog, Flicka, was not a…