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Use Visual Tools to Share Descriptions of Seizures with Families

What We Learned
• Families sometimes have difficulty in describing their child’s seizures to their providers.
• Families’ language and cultural background influence how they describe seizures.

What We Did
• Used pictorial representations of seizures to aid communication with families regarding the description of seizures.
• Found bilingual versions of the pictorial representations to use with families. Click here to see seizure descriptions in English/Farsi and Vietnamese.

Questions for My Practice
• Do we have copies of pictorial representations of seizures that we can show to families that are trying to describe their child’s seizures to us?
• Do we have pictorial representations of seizures for all language groups that visit our practice?

Changes to Try in My Practice
• Trial use of “Pictorial Representation of Seizures” with families of children with epilepsy.
• Use the document as a visual communication tool, both so that you can describe types of seizure to the family, and they can share what they have seen with you. 
 

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