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Animations for children

Jack, Ali and Anna all have epilepsy. Watch our short animations to find out how epilepsy affects them.


Supported by Morrisons Foundation - making a difference
Event Date: 
Thursday 8 September 2016 - 12:24

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The films that the brave children done were put together extremely well, easy to understand and I feel that if more schools take a look at these clips it will be beneficial to all concerned. I am very pleased that you have come up with something so simple yet so affective to help the young children and young adult's. Its hard enough to cope when you are an adult dealing with epilepsy so I am so pleased that this is going out to our young children.

Submitted by Loraine Cooke on

Thank you for your fantastic feedback Loraine!

Submitted by John-Epilepsy Action on

These videos are fantastic, could we have a similar thing to explain to a child about mum or dad having epilepsy?

Submitted by Linda Barr on

I think the clips are brilliant for helping children with epilepsy, and indeed those without, to understand it a bit more and hopefully not make them afraid to talk about it. In truth I found it useful myself, as I did not get epilepsy until later in life and not understanding it I worried that people would treat me differently, I have always kept it to myself with only close family knowing. Now I am in touch with an Epilepsy Nurse and I am learning more about the condition and how many people actually suffer with it, so I think it is truly wonderful to get these messages over to the younger people with this condition.

Submitted by Mrs W Prater on

These are brillinat- the films are short and to the point, I really thought the children's voice over made the films come to life and I appreciate the work that must have gone into producing these, I do hope that children can find them and use them.

Submitted by Samantha Johnson on

Great video's - easy to understand and very informative. So easy and simply for everyone concerned - excellent.

Submitted by Christina Cox on

The voice of the person with epilepsy and the use of patient stories is a powerful way to tell the story - and these are both simple and clear. There is enough information to help someone understand and empathise - but not so much as to overwhelm. Although primarily aimed at children I think the short format would be ideal to help adults understand more about how they can ensure children get the support they need to deal with the complexities of their condition.

Submitted by Karen Whitaker on

Love love love these videos. My 10 year old girl has epilepsy and she loved them too! Having the children telling their own stories made her realise that there are lots of other children living with epilepsy and coping with the same issues as her. Thanks for the videos!

Submitted by Andrea Martin on

Excellent succinct videos and perfect for schools to raise awareness.
Great point made above regarding similar for children if a parent has epilepsy. I recall a book my consultant gave my parents when I was a child first diagnosed. It was about a parent with epilepsy who taught her child when and how to "help mummy".

Great points in the safety one. I used to club swim but was forced to resign after a seizure in each of three lessons one week. I love a good soak in the bath to relax after a long day but only used tea lights if sharing the bath. I keep the extractor fan and light on to keep the steam out as too much steam can trigger them. I too don't lock the door and have grab rails on my bath. I've pulled myself out fast a few times when I get a ten second warning. Cycling for a non driver is pretty scary on the road. It's not clear if people with epilepsy are allowed on the pavement instead. Some areas have on the spot fines for cycling on the pavement. Most police can't give a definitive answer when asked. We aren't allowed to drive as pose a danger to other road users too. I'd be surprised if we are allowed to cycle on the roads. Getting to the park to cycle often means a long walk with the bike or a decent bus driver permitting it on the bus. A video clarifying this would be great!

The irony is that I love adrenaline activities but am not permitted to do most.

I am definitely going to share these. Are they available on YouTube?

Submitted by Avril Coelho on

Hi Avril - yes, all the videos are now on youtube. If you click the 'watch full screen' button they will take you there. Or visit our Youtube channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/epilepsyaction

Best wishes

Submitted by John-Epilepsy Action on

The presentation looks excellent and the message true to life.

Submitted by Roger Kendall on

My 10year old daughter watched these video's and then put together a presentation to teach her class mates about what is happening to her. She led a 45min interactive teaching session and showed some of the video's. She was so proud and clearly relieved that she was able to explain to her peers what epilepsy is and how it affects her. Thank you for the information and video's.

Submitted by Karen Sampey on

I have had epilepsy for over 45 years, I wish these were available to the public back then, it shows how opinion to epilepsy has changed over the years, the embarrassment and 'shove to the back of the room', ideals then, the threat of being put into some sort of mental establishment, to these level headed open videos! Good to see, keep it up!

Submitted by Shaun Cheyne on

Brilliant videos. Just watched them with my 7 year old daughter who has epilepsy. Those initial feelings of isolation when first diagnosed and to terms with it can be confusing and difficult. Telling the stories in the children's own words really bring the message home in a simple and informative way ...and to know you are not alone.

Submitted by Victoria Brown on

Brilliant! These should be compulsory viewing in primary schools to remove the fear and stigma of epilepsy for pupils and staff.

Submitted by Christina Williams on

I just wanted to thank you so much for providing these videos!! My 3 year old daughter is newly diagnosed and we have tried everything to encourage her to take her medicine. Finally I found these videos! I showed her the medicine one and she took her medicine straight away for the first time! I couldn't be more pleased :)

Submitted by Keely on

Glad we could help!

Submitted by rich on