Title

Neenah and Nadia: A Story About Epilepsy

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Campus where you would like to present

Ellensburg

Event Website

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source

Start Date

18-5-2020

Abstract

This project highlights several issues within elementary education and children’s literature. Many educators aren’t aware of the prevalence or effects disabilities can have on their students’ lives. There is also a lack of children’s literature that can educate both teachers and students on the realities of living with a disability. In response to these problems, I decided to use my personal experiences and skills to produce a picture book appropriate for children that contains information about a specific disability, epilepsy. I discovered there were very few books aimed at children and teens about epilepsy or had a character with epilepsy. Epilepsy is a fairly common neurological disorder, with about 1 in 100 people suffering from some form of it. In this presentation, I review some basic information on the causes, prevalence, types of seizures and their symptoms. In addition, a review of children and young adult books, covering the subject of epilepsy will be presented. The picture book I produced contains original characters, writing, and illustrations created by me to tell the narrative of a child learning to understand her diagnosis. My hope is, more people will learn about epilepsy and how it impacts a person’s life.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Khodi Kaviani

Department/Program

Education

Additional Mentoring Department

https://cwu.studentopportunitycenter.com/2020/04/neenah-and-nadia-a-story-about-epilepsy/

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May 18th, 12:00 PM

Neenah and Nadia: A Story About Epilepsy

Ellensburg

This project highlights several issues within elementary education and children’s literature. Many educators aren’t aware of the prevalence or effects disabilities can have on their students’ lives. There is also a lack of children’s literature that can educate both teachers and students on the realities of living with a disability. In response to these problems, I decided to use my personal experiences and skills to produce a picture book appropriate for children that contains information about a specific disability, epilepsy. I discovered there were very few books aimed at children and teens about epilepsy or had a character with epilepsy. Epilepsy is a fairly common neurological disorder, with about 1 in 100 people suffering from some form of it. In this presentation, I review some basic information on the causes, prevalence, types of seizures and their symptoms. In addition, a review of children and young adult books, covering the subject of epilepsy will be presented. The picture book I produced contains original characters, writing, and illustrations created by me to tell the narrative of a child learning to understand her diagnosis. My hope is, more people will learn about epilepsy and how it impacts a person’s life.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2020/CEPS/4