ICNC Abstracts, ICNC 2018

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Achievement of camp in children with epilepsy
Monika Kukuruzovic, Masa Malenica, Iva Separovic, Kristna Kuznik

Last modified: 2018-09-09



Objective: The aim of the study was to evaluate the benefits of camping program for children with epilepsy in Croatia under the organization of Croatian Buro for Epilepsy and the Zagreb City Office for Health.

Method: A retrospective chart review of all children attending epilepsy camp between 2011 and 2018 was performed. Every year 20 children attended the camp - girls and boys from 6 to 18 years. Camp staff included child neurologists, psychologist, nurses and trained volunteers. Educational activities were designed to improve their knowledge of epilepsy, importance of taking medication, choice of school, employment and driving. These issues were discussed in groups or in a single session. Activities included supervisor swimming, group sports, fun activities and games, arts and crafts, and entertainment such as disco night and movie night.

Results: The educational lessons were given by psychologists and child neurologists and evaluated by questionnaires. The psychologist pointed out importance of stress and methods of relaxation, about bulling, evaluated the tests about concentration, knowledge about epilepsy and satisfaction with life in the Camp. The analyses of questionnaires showed that 75% of children knew that they have epilepsy. In 10% of children friends and distant family members didn’t know about epilepsy. Each year at least one child had seizures during the Camp.

Conclusions: The main message of the Camp was for children to be confident that they can reach their full potential in life and to feel equal to their peers in every aspect of life.



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