Programs

EPIC Long Island believes that with education comes understanding and acceptance. As part of the ongoing Community Education and Outreach programs, the Agency seeks to communicate with all persons who have seizure disorders. The Agency also strives to educate teachers, health care professionals, corporations and industry, as well as the general public, about the causes, treatment and consequences of epilepsy and the proper first aid response to seizures. The Foundation promotes inclusion and assists in the mission to eliminate stigma in the workplace, schools and community at large.

The Sheila Abrams Community Education Center Programs

Partial funding provided by the Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi Private Foundation and The Epilepsy Coalition of NYS. 

FREE Programs include:

The Seizure Smart Program: Reaches out to school staff in an effort to combat the stigma and misinformation surrounding epilepsy. Teachers will learn to recognize the three most common types of seizures and how to respond effectively to a child having a seizure.


Take Charge of the Facts Program: Teaches students about epilepsy and seizures, causes and treatment, and first-aid procedures in the hopes of dispelling some of the myths and misconceptions that still exist.


Kids on the Block: The "Kids on the Block" is an internationally acclaimed program bringing a creative approach to public education. Since the 1980's, over one million children and adults have learned about epilepsy through the valuable and entertaining FREE educational program. We use the "Kids on the Block" puppets, a troupe of life-size able and disabled puppets to dispel some of the myths and misconceptions that surround epilepsy. If you are interested in volunteering for puppet shows - click here.


School Nurse Workshop: Comprehensive training held twice annually in Nassau & Suffolk County whereby school nurses can gain valuable epilepsy knowledge and earn 3.2 CEU credits provided by the National Association of School Nurses. ($25 materials fee).


Medical & Legal Referrals: Referrals to medical facilities and physicians specializing in epilepsy are available as well as referrals to other outside agencies for legal issues, disability benefits, educational and employment rights.


Information Services: Foundation employees are available to answer questions regarding epilepsy and its treatment. Printed material including articles and brochures are also available upon request. The Foundation also houses an extensive library of books and audio visual material available to be borrowed via mail or pick up.


Community Education Workshops: Guest speakers provide a series of monthly educational workshops on epilepsy and epilepsy-related topics through our Sheila Abrams Community Education Center


Seniors and Seizures Program: The Community Educator is available to come to your facility and speak to groups of seniors or their caretakers about epilepsy awareness and first aid.


Seizure Awareness and Training for First Responders: A CECBEMS- approved CE lesson will award 1.5 hours of continuing education credit upon successful completion.  Please click here for free training.

First Aid for Epilepsy

Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizures (Grand Mal)

The person may fall, stiffen, and make jerking movements. Pale or bluish complexion may result from a difficulty in breathing.

  1. If possible, notice when the seizure begins.
  2. Keep Calm; the person is usually not suffering or in danger.
  3. Help the person into a lying position.
  4. Clear the area of hard or sharp objects. If possible, put something soft under the head.
  5. DO NOT PUT ANYTHING IN THE PERSON'S MOUTH
  6. Do not stop the person from moving.
  7. Remove glasses. Loosen tight clothing.
  8. Turn the person's head to one side.
  9. Stand by until the person fully recovers consciousness and explain what has happened.
  10. Let the person rest or a while.
  11. Do not offer food or drink until the person is fully alert.
  12. If the seizure lasts more than 5 minutes or if the person is injured during the seizure, get professional help. If the person does not start breathing after the seizure, check the airway and begin mouth to mouth resuscitation immediately.

Generalized, Absence Seizures (Petit Mal)

These seizures last only a few (5-30) seconds. The individual experiencing a generalized absence seizure may appear to be "day dreaming."

Eyelids may flutter, eyes may roll. Little first aid is required when the seizure occurs. However because of the unobtrusive nature of these seizures they often go undiagnosed and lead to generalized tonic clonic seizures. If you suspect someone may be having generalized absence seizures bring it to the attention of the appropriate individual.

  1. Notice the length of the seizure and behavior which occurs during the seizure.
  2. If the person is a child, notify a parent or guardian.

Partial Complex Seizures (Temporal Lobe or Psychomotor)

The person may stare, fail to respond, or respond inappropriately to questions; sit, stand or move about aimlessly; smack lips, chew, pick at clothing, pull hair; or show other purposeless behavior.

  1. Do not forcefully affect the person's behavior.
  2. Stay with the person during the seizure. (It may last as long as 15 minutes.)
  3. Speak calmly to the person and explain what is happening to passersby.
  4. Gently steer the moving person away from potential danger.
  5. Stay with the person until he or she is fully alert.
  6. If the person is injured during the seizure or if the seizure does not pass, get medical help.
  7. If the person is a child, notify a parent or guardian.
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