Programs & Services
Unless otherwise indicated, these programs are available across our service area.
Clinic to Community
The goals of the Clinic to Community program:
- Provide individuals and their families with information about seizures, seizure first aid and epilepsy
- Provide individuals and their family with a network of support services to help everyone in the family to live well with a diagnosis of epilepsy
- Reduce the burden of epilepsy on the family, the health care system and the Ontario economy.
Find out more about Clinic to Community here
Game On is a professionally developed program helps children with neurological conditions improve their physical coordination and learn skills that are important when participating in gym class, recreation, and sports activities. Game On is designed to support children with neurological conditions who may be reluctant to participate in physical activities and sports. It is designed to be fun and inclusive for all children with all abilities. For more information, including how to register, visit here.
Wacky Wednesdays Summer Camp (London)
This seizure-safe summer camp is one of our most successful children’s programs and its popularity continues to grow each year. ESWO has designed this children’s camp to cater to the specific needs of children who have seizure disorders and their siblings. Campers 4-12 years of age are welcome to attend. Trained volunteers provide one-on-one supervision for children who require special attention.
Do you feel like you’re on your own dealing with epilepsy; like no one around understands what you’re going through? Our Peer-to-Peer Network might be just what you’re looking for. Our volunteer peers are people affected by epilepsy willing to discuss their experiences with others. Whether you have epilepsy yourself or you have a family member living with seizures, we can match you with a peer. We try our best to link peers based on commonalities.
We are always looking for new volunteer peers! Contact us to get involved.
Epilepsy & Seizure First Aid Presentations
Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario provides free epilepsy and seizure first aid presentations (commonly referred to as Seizures 101 presentations) to members of the community, workplace, healthcare organizations or other groups. Presentations range from general knowledge to epilepsy care and management; all presentations include seizure identification, epilepsy information and seizure first aid. Educational videos and PowerPoint format are used, as well as, resource materials for each group. Presentations range from 45 – 60 minutes based on time allotted. Presentations require access to computer, speakers and data projector.
Download Epilepsy and Seizure First Aid Presentation Booking Form
Our staff members are available to discuss how or when to reveal your seizure disorder to your employer. We offer workplace support to help your employer and colleagues learn more about seizures and how to make your workplace a seizure safe environment.
Student Support Program
We provide a range of services that help support your child at school. We offer Teacher In- Service in which we educate school staff about epilepsy, seizure first aid, the side effects of medication, and learning strategies. We can help develop an individualized safety plan to address your child’s seizure-related safety concerns and work with the school to ensure every child with epilepsy is accommodated as needed.
In addition to working with educators to ensure your child’s school is safe, we can teach your child’s classmates about epilepsy and help make the classroom a more welcoming environment. We have variations of our Grade 5Thinking About Epilepsy program (see below) to educate children from junior kindergarten through high school.
If you’re interested in what our agency can do for you and your child, tell your child’s teacher about our program and suggest they invite us to their school.
Thinking About Epilepsy
Epilepsy Support Centre developed Thinking About Epilepsy to teach students about epilepsy, seizure first aid, and the human body. This engaging, interactive program addresses curriculum expectations for Grade 5 Science classes in Ontario set out by the Public and Catholic Boards of Education. We have adapted versions to introduce this material to students of any age.
Thinking About Epilepsy dispels myths about seizure disorders and makes school a more accepting and comfortable place for those affected by epilepsy. Teaching young people seizure first aid lets students with epilepsy feel safe, knowing that their peers know what to do when someone has a seizure.
If you’re interested in what our agency can do for you or your child, suggest to your child’s teacher to have us in their school or classroom.
In the quest to incorporate knowledge about epilepsy and seizure disorders into secondary school education, Epilepsy Support Centre developed Brain Matters: An Introduction to Neuroscience. This comprehensive textbook targets Grade 12 biology students; it examines the field of Neuroscience and uses seizure disorders as a way to examine how our own neurological network operates. In addition, students learn about epilepsy, seizure triggers, and seizure first aid. All school boards in our coverage area have endorsed this program, and it will soon be implemented across Canada and the United States.
Social Club (London)
This member driven club is responsible for meeting weekly to engage in shared stories and experiences with the goal of informal support and building a sense of community amongst indivduals with epilepsy.
Epilepsy Support Groups
Seizure Disorder Family Support Group is a new group where individuals with seizure disorders and their family members can come to discuss their experiences and learn new information and strategies in an open, educational, and judgement-free setting. This support group will meet the third Tuesday of every month.