Parker’s Story: A Boy With Seizures
Keywords: seizures, epilepsy, disability, syndrome, special needs, VNS,
Age/Grade Focus: 5-10 years No. Of Words: 719
Synopsis: Parker goes to school, and it is just like any other day; but, today he has a seizure right after arriving. Parker has a disability which includes epilepsy, so he is in a classroom with other children with special needs. Parker’s classmates help to make Parker comfortable, and they continue on with their class work because they are used to his seizures. Parker’s teacher, Mrs. Laney, and his mom have a procedure they follow to help Parker, and try to stop the seizure. Mrs. Laney times the seizure, and Parker’s mom uses a magnet to trigger his VNS, a device that’s implanted, to try to stop the seizure before it causes side effects like sleepiness and nausea. Up to this point, the VNS has not stopped his seizures; but, it was recently turned up, and Parker’s mom and teacher are hoping it will do the job this time.
Author Bio: I was born and raised in California where I graduated from California State University Long Beach. I have been an actress my whole life and spent a lot of time performing on the stage. I also went back to school and received my teaching credential and taught 1st-3rd grade for 10 years. 9 years ago I gave birth to my son, Parker. He was born with disabilities, including epilepsy. We have had quite a roller coaster ride learning how to take care of Parker and learning all about his disabilities. This book came to me one day after taking him to school and experiencing another seizure. I have other possible stories in my head that are similar to this one; but, they have different focus’, with topics like therapy, school, doctor’s visits, surgery and more. I have also been working on a novel about all our experiences, both good and bad and it is also somewhat of a how to book for parents with special needs children. I searched high and low looking for some material to help when we were in the thick of things; I assume other parents may also be seeking for some sort of help.
There are no illustrations at this time; I would love to see bright, colorful illustrations that would help to make a serious topic feel not too serious for children.
Editing: After my critique, I did my own editing.