Back to School Conference: Helping You Support Your Student with Epilepsy


Saturday, August 7, 2021

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Please join us as we get ready for the school year with this FREE online conference. Presenters and panelists with diverse perspectives will discuss tips and strategies parents and professionals can use to help students with epilepsy succeed in school and beyond.

Who should attend:
  • Parents of children with epilepsy
  • Educators
  • Health professionals
  • Care managers
  • Anyone who wants to support students with epilepsy

    PLEASE NOTE: This event is designed for adults and is generally not appropriate for children to attend; however, high school students with a strong interest in learning more about their epilepsy, self-advocacy, and self-management may benefit from participating.

As an added incentive to participate, those who attend the entire conference and complete an evaluation will receive a $20 Amazon gift card (available only for the first 200 registered participants).


10:00 - 10:05 am
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Russell Derry, MPH - Director of Education, Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan

10:05 – 11:00 am
Optimizing Epilepsy Management for School Success
Seth DeVries, MD - Pediatric Epileptologist, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital

11:00 am - Noon
Managing the Mental Health Impact of Epilepsy
Cassie Ross, PsyD – Child & Adolescent Psychologist, Michigan Medicine

Noon – 12:15 pm
Lunch Break

12:15 – 1:00 pm
Parenting Open Forum
Angela Muncy – Parent of child with epilepsy
Karen Wang – Parent of young adult with epilepsy and autism
Cassie Ross, PsyD – Child & Adolescent Psychologist, Michigan Medicine

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Effective Communication in Special Education Planning
Megan Dennis, MA – Education and Volunteer Services Manager, Oakland Mediation Center


2:00 - 3:00 pm
Transition from Special Education to Adult Services
Karen Wang - Parent of young adult with epilepsy and autism

Recorded Sessions from 2020 Virtual Back to School Conference

Maximizing Quality of Life in Pediatric Epilepsy Care                  PowerPoint Slides
Daniel Fain, MD – Pediatric Epileptologist, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

Communication and Teamwork to Improve Health Outcomes
Suad Khalil, MD – Pediatric Epileptologist, Michigan State University
Nicole Fitzpatrick – Parent of a Teen with Epilepsy

Seizure Management in the School                PowerPoint Slides
Naznin Mahmood, MD – Pediatric Epileptologist, Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Accommodations and Academic Supports: Approaches that Work
Angela DeBastos, PhD – Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Beaumont Children’s
Kimberly Tufnell – Retired Director of Special Education and Person with Epilepsy
Becky Bigelow – Special Education Teacher and Parent of a Child with Epilepsy

Videotaped Sessions from the 2019 Back to School Conference

Appropriate Epilepsy Care: from Diagnosis to Treatment          Watch Video        PowerPoint Slides
Amanda Weber, DO – Pediatric Epileptologist, Children’s Hospital of Michigan  

Epilepsy & School Performance: Challenges and Strategies          Watch Video     
Anne Marie Michon, NP – Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Beaumont Children’s
Hayley Loblein, MA – Psychology Intern, Children's Hospital of Michigan
Christina Davis – Family Phone Line Representative, Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Kari Jo Wagner – Educational Therapist, Oakland Neuropsychology Center

College & Career Planning Open Forum          Watch Video
Anne Doyle, LPC – Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Michigan Rehabilitation Services
Christie Gough, MA, LPC, NCC – Coordinator, Disability Support Services, Oakland University
Elizabeth Stout – Youth Consultant, Michigan Pediatric Epilepsy Project

This project is supported by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services through funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H98MC26257, Awareness and Access to Care for Children and Youth with Epilepsy. The information or content and conclusions are those of the author/event sponsor and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.