Children with epilepsy ‘should be encouraged to socialise with others’

Posted Apr 4 2014 in Epilepsy in children

A new study has underlined the potential importance of encouraging children with epilepsy to engage in social activities alongside youngsters who do not have the condition.

Published in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior, the study assessed participation in out-of-school activities among 56 children aged between six and 11 years, including 26 children with childhood-onset primary generalised epilepsy and 30 youngsters without the condition.

It was found that children with epilepsy showed a similar preference for participation in out-of-school activities as those in the control group, but were less likely to opt for social activities, generally preferring self-improvement-focused tasks.

Younger children showed a lower preference for participation across both groups, while girls were more disposed to skill-based activities than boys.

The researchers concluded: “Intervention policies need to be undertaken in order to encourage children with epilepsy to participate in activities together with their healthy peers, aiming to enhance the wellbeing of children with primary generalised epilepsy.”

Epilepsy is a common condition that affects approximately one in 103 people, with most cases being diagnosed either during childhood or post-retirement.

Posted by Bob Jones

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