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  • Epilepsy
    According to the Epilepsy Foundation of America, epilepsy is a physical condition that occurs when there is a sudden, brief change in how the brain works. When brain cells are not working properly, a person's consciousness, movement, or actions may be altered for a short time. These physical changes are called epileptic seizures. Epilepsy is therefore sometimes called a seizure disorder. Epilepsy affects people in all nations and of all races.
    (Added: Wed Jul 18 2001)
  • Fun for Children with Disabilities
    By Charlotte E. Thompson, MD. Childhood should be a time to chase butterflies, ride merry-go-rounds, and dream wonderful dreams. If instead a child's days are filled with doctor or hospital, a special attempt needs to be made to find moments of happiness and fun for that youngster. Even just a few minutes a day for laughter, creative fun, or fantasy allow a child's life to be a little richer and a little more enjoyable.
    (Added: Tue Oct 23 2001)
  • Respite Care
    NICHCY News Digest 12 - 1996. Raising a child with disability or chronic illness poses many challenges. As families meet these challenges, time off can become a necessity for the caretakers. In recent years, the growth of respite care services--short-term specialized child care-- has begun to provide families with some temporary relief.
    (Added: Tue Oct 23 2001)
  • The Child with a Long-Term Illness
    Written by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Facts for Families Sheets. The child with a serious medical illness is at risk for developing associated psychological problems. Unlike a child with a temporary sickness such as the flu, the child with a chronic illness must cope with knowing that the disease is here to stay and may even get worse. Child and adolescent psychiatrists point out that almost all these children at first refuse to believe they are ill, and later feel guilt and anger.
    (Added: Tue Oct 23 2001)