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March 10, 2017 | Support Group Meeting

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group
| 7-8:45 pm

Topic | Diagnosing Epilepsy-How is it Done?
Parent Speaker | Dr. Shrey, Pediatric Epiletologist
Adult Speaker | Dr. Millett, Epiletologist, Hoag Epilepsy Center Director 

This month, our Epilepsy Expert Speakers will take us through each step in the diagnostic process and explain how the process works for getting an accurate diagnosis.  Why is it important to understand how diagnosing epilepsy is done?  Best possible seizure control depends on an accurate diagnosis. If the diagnosis is not accurate, attaining seizure control can be a time consuming and challenging journey. This presentation is a must if you are seeking the best epilepsy outcomes and what to expect with diagnosis. 

For the 30-40% of individuals that are not experiencing seizure improvement or control, it is imperative to seek treatment by an epileptologist at a comprehensive epilepsy center. Here is your chance to learn from a Pediatric Epileptologist from CHOC Epilepsy Center or an Adult Epileptologist from HOAG Epilepsy Center.

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Adult Social Gathering | 6-7 pm

Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Learn the important facts about epilepsy diagnosis, treatment options, specialists, and emergency medications. This valuable information can help you reduce seizures and avoid unnecessary mistakes. Bring your questions! Make your reservation.

Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 5:30-7pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation


Teen Club | 6-8:45 pm
Teen Coordinator | Denise Kwan
Theme | MAKE THE FIRST MOVE!

We insist you MAKE THE FIRST MOVE! Learn how making the first move matters and can start positive chain reactions in our community and world! Come make special bead bracelets as tokens of appreciation for our loved ones, play games with friends, and enjoy each other’s company!
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Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:45 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Director | Chantel Rothenburger

Theme | Lion Masks, Clown Hats, Circus Animals and More!

Ladies, and Gentlemen…Boys and Girls get ready for the greatest show on earth! Friday Friends Club Circus will be proudly presenting an amazing spectacular, and one of a kind night…Lion Masks, Clown Hats, Circus Animals and More! Hurry and RSVP before we roll out of town!  (Childcare for ages 2-12 years)
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February 10, 2017 | Support Group Meeting

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group
| 7-8:45 pm

Topic | Nourishing Relationships for Wholehearted Living
Speaker | Dr. Phyllis Larkin

Living with epilepsy can wear the best of us down in spirit and attitude. This presentation has been specifically designed to build resiliency for those living with chronic epilepsy. Dr. Larkin will walk us through; courage, compassion, connection and gratitude. Parents of children with epilepsy as well as adults will gain a healthier perspective by improving self compassion, resiliency, gratitude and joy. 

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We have everything you need for a perfect Valentine’s evening:
Dinner, chocolates, sparkling cider, a masseuse, and free childcare!

Adult Social Gathering | 6-7 pm

On Valentine’s Day
Please be sweet,
Come to Meet and Greet
Bring a Chocolate Dish to Share
One made with tender love and care!


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Learn the important facts about epilepsy diagnosis, treatment options, specialists, and emergency medications. This valuable information can help you reduce seizures and avoid unnecessary mistakes. Bring your questions! Make your reservation.

Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 5:30-7pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation


Teen Club | 6-8:45 pm
Theme | It’s time to “PUSH YOUR ZONE!”

Making the choice to "PUSH YOUR ZONE," you will realize how much you are capable of and that there is no limit to the possibilities! Meet your friends at Teen Club this month for lots of fun games getting in the zone!
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Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:45 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Director | Katie Hackman

Theme |La La La…Hello Friday Friends Club!

Get those singing voices and dancing feet ready as we prepare for a night filled with musical fun! Don’t miss out on what will be a rockin’ good time!

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing. (Childcare for ages 2-12 years)
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January 13, 2017 | Report from American Epilepsy Society

Happy New Year!  2016 finished with the American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting in Houston, which offered the most extensive education and innovative news on everything epilepsy.

Attend this Epilepsy Expert Series for a dynamic report directly from the largest professional gathering on epilepsy in the world.  We welcome Dr. Zupanc to present her experience and renewed hope from AES, with highlights including the latest research, diagnostic and treatment technologies.

Together, let’s resolve to make 2017 the year we dedicate ourselves to know epilepsy, treat epilepsy and improve our quality of life while dealing with epilepsy!

If time permits we will finish the evening with a short Diastat presentation.

 

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Adult Social Gathering | 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Learn the important facts about epilepsy regarding diagnosis, treatment options, and emergency medications This valuable information will help you avoid unnecessary mistakes often encountered by those less knowledgeable about epilepsy. Bring your questions! Make your reservation Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 5:30-7pm (NEW TIME)
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club | 7-8:45 pm

A Positively Prosperous New Year!

Hello, 2017! It's nice to meet you! Let’s kick off the new year with new friends and new games! Together we’ll  announce to the world that this is your year to go to places you've never gone before!

This group focuses on self-esteem, acceptance, creating and responding to appropriate boundaries, and building friendships.

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Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:45 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Coordinator | Chantel Rothenburger

Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

Meet your friends, as we travel across the land! We will be searching far and wide! As Friday Friends Club trains to become the top Pokémon Masters! (Ages 2-12 yrs)

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December 9, 2016 | Holiday Party
Date | Friday, Dec 9, 6-9pm
Location | provided with an rsvp
First fifty reservations receive a special gift.

ESNOC staff and board of directors invites members to our annual holiday party.

The evening will include dinner and dessert, entertainment, and a special visit from Santa.

  • Santa’s Craft Workshop
  • Holiday Raffle
  • Visit from Santa
  • Holiday Talent Show
  • Teen Activity
  • Adults Jingle & Mingle area

Reservations are mandatory so please, rsvp at your earliest convenience. The location will be provided with confirmation of your reservation. December’s Support Groups will meet for this event.
November 11, 2016 | Talk to the Doc Event

We have designed a fun and social One Stop Epilepsy Event for Patients and Families. Meet and Greet with Orange County’s Epileptologists and Epilepsy Center Staff. This is your opportunity to get to know your community experts and learn about epilepsy centers and their comprehensive approach to diagnosis, treatments, and care.

Come out and meet Orange County’s epilepsy specialists. Bring your questions and together we will UnSeize the Day!

WEAR YOUR PURPLE! Need purple to celebrate Epilepsy Awareness Month?  Visit the Spirit Table for everything purple to help spread epilepsy awareness! 

The Evening's Events

6:00-6:30 pm | Dinner and Social sponsored by Lundbeck. Socialize and visit epilepsy spirit table offering purple ribbons, lanyards, gifts, pencils for a donation.

6:30-6:35 pm | Welcome Announcements
6:35-7:35 pm | Panel Topics and Discussion

  1. 1. Precision Medicine
  2. 2. Psychological Effects of Epilepsy on Families
  3. 3. Update on Cannabidiol Clinical Trials

7:35-8:45pm | Talk to the Doc - Meet and Greet

Doctors Attending:

  • CHOC
    • Dr. Zupanc
    • Dr. Tran
    • Dr. Mower
  • CHOC Neurosurgery
    • Dr. Olaya
  • CHOC Neurosciences
    • Dr. Romain
    • Dr. Saiz CHOC
  • Pharmacology
    • Dr. Sun
    • Dr. Lam
  • Genetic Center
    • Dr. Zadeh
  • HOAG
    • Dr. Millett
  • UCI
    • Dr. Sen-Gupta
      Sohayla Kharrat, BSN, RN
  • Private Practice
    • Dr. Phyllis Larkin, Clinical Psychologist

20 medical professionals:

  • Geneticists
  • Pharma
  • Neuro psychology team
  • Neurosurgeons pediatric and adult
  • epileptologist
  • Local resources
  • insurance professionals
  • Transition specialist for Teens to College –Project Independence
  • Employment (Department of Rehabilitation)
  • Community Health Initiative OC

Coffee and Dessert
8:45-9:00 pm |   Closing Remarks  


Teen Club | 7-8:45 pm

Friendsgiving & Purplelalapalooza

Wear Purple, Play Games, and Be with Friends! 

This group focuses on self-esteem, acceptance, creating and responding to appropriate boundaries, and building friendships.

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Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:45 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Coordinator | Chantel Rothenburger

Once Upon A Time...

Friday Friends Club will explore a faraway land filled with magic and mystery! It’s sure to be a dazzling good night! Where wizards, princesses, and trolls come into sight!

Please note: FFC - Childcare reservations for this meeting are MANDATORY. (Childcare ages 2-12 years) Make your reservation

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November is Epilepsy Awareness Month

Join the Fun in Novemberdownload and print the poster

November 2nd
Epilepsy Awareness Day Expo -
Visit us at our table on Wednesday, Nov 2nd, 10am-5:30pm, at the Paradise Pier Hotel.

Day of Science with CURE

- Register with CURE for a free, educational and networking opportunity for all those touched byepilepsy, Nov 2nd, 3pm-5pm. Prominent medical professionals, researchers and other experts will share the latest information in epilepsy research.

November 3rd
Disneyland Epilepsy Awareness Day - Meet us on Thursday, Nov 3rd, 9am-to Park closing.


November 14th
Talk with the Doc, ESNOC Support Group Meeting, Friday 6pm-9pm

This is our informative and social One-Stop-Resource event for patients and families. Meet and greet Orange County's prominent epileptologists and epilepsy related medical professionals. Read more...

Get your epilepsy awareness spirit gear

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October 14, 2016 | Support Group Meeting

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Parent Educational Support Group
| 7-8:45 pm

Parent Topic | Epilepsy and Sleep
Speaker |Dr. Anjalee W. Galion
Neurologist and Sleep Expert, CHOC Epilepsy Center 

  • Can sleep deprivation trigger a seizure?
  • Can epilepsy medication interfere with sleep?
  • What causes sleep problems?
  • Why are some seizure types, sleep related?
  • How can sleep be improved to reduce seizures?

If your child or teen has epilepsy, it is important to learn the connection between seizures and sleeping patterns, how sleep can affect seizures, and which types of epilepsy occur during sleep.  Dr. Galion is a sleep expert and will discuss everything you need to know about epilepsy and sleep, including how to achieve healthy sleep on a regular basis to improve seizure control and quality of life. Make your reservation


EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Adult Educational Support Group
| 7-8:45 pm

Adult Topic | Epilepsy and Sleep
Speaker | Dr. Mona Sazgar
Epileptologist, UC Irvine Health  

Dr. Sazgar is an expert in Women's Issues and Epilepsy. She  recently authored a book, entitled, Controversies for Caring for Women with Epilepsy.  If you have an adolescent daughter, or you are an adult woman with epilepsy, there is so much to learn. Did you know that up to 50% of women experience an increase in seizure activity during menstruation.  Hormones play a very important role in seizures during puberty, menstrual cycles, pregnancy and menopause. Estrogen enhances excitability and lowers the seizure threshold, whereas progesterone enhances inhibition and increases the seizure threshold? Join us as we learn to reduce seizures through knowledge.

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Adult Social Gathering | 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Learn the important facts about epilepsy regarding diagnosis, treatment options, and emergency medications This valuable information will help you avoid unnecessary mistakes often encountered by those less knowledgeable about epilepsy. Bring your questions! Make your reservation Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 5:30-7pm (NEW TIME)
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club | 7-8:45 pm
Teen Club Coordinator | tba

Time to Howl!

It would be a Grave mistake to miss this Halloween Party with your Frightfully Fun Friends! 

This group focuses on self-esteem, acceptance, creating and responding to appropriate boundaries, and building friendships.

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Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:45 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Coordinator | Chantel Rothenburger

Halloween Spooktacular & Costume Parade

Hop onto your broomsticks and head over to Friday Friends Club on October 14th! It’s sure to be a treat as we celebrate our 2nd Annual Spooktacular Halloween Party!

Congrats to our Friday Friend of the Night, Andrea Cruz! Andrea is always a smiling face and waits to greet everyone! Thanks for being a friend, Andrea! Make your reservation

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September 9, 2016 | Support Group Meeting

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Parent & Adult Educational Support Group
| 7-8:45 pm

Topic | Beyond Medication: Surgical Options
Parent Speaker | Dr. Zupanc, Chief of Neurology CHOC
Adult Speaker | Dr. Millett, Epileptologist, HOAG

You don’t want to miss this opportunity to experience a leading edge presentation on epilepsy brain surgery. 

  • Are your seizures not controlled by medications?
  • Would you, your child or teen benefit from surgery?

In some cases, surgery can be a cure for Epilepsy and is an area that continues to advance. Join us and learn about the sophisticated and advanced brain imaging technology and how it is used to best select candidates for surgery.   Surgery is being considered sooner than later and this month is the  time to learn about the benefits.

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Adult Social Gathering | 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Learn the important facts about epilepsy regarding diagnosis, treatment options, and emergency medications This valuable information will help you avoid unnecessary mistakes often encountered by those less knowledgeable about epilepsy. Bring your questions! Make your reservation Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club | 7-8:45 pm
Teen Club Coordinator | tba

Totally 80’s

Night Put together your best 80’s outfits; spandex, legwarrmers, sun glasses, excessive rubber bracelets, fingerless gloves, side pony-tails, high tops…prize for funkiest outfit and biggest hair. Watch an 80’s flick, make a tie dyed-t shirt, Participate in air guitar and moon walking contest!

This group focuses on self-esteem, acceptance, creating and responding to appropriate boundaries, and building friendships.

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Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:45 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Coordinator | Chantel Rothenburger

Wild WestAre you ready for a rootin, tootin good time? Join your Friends in Friday Friends Club as we travel back in time to the Wild West!

At this month’s meeting there will be…

  • Paint your own Horse Shoes!
    The little buccaneers will get to paint and decorate their own good luck horse shoe that they will be able to take home.
  • Pin the Tail on the Horse!
    The classic game will be brought to life when the kids will get to play it.
  • Circle Time!
    Books will be read aloud while creating an open discussion on the topics of bullying, and the meaning of being a good friend.
  • Sheriff Badges!
    To gear up the little cowboys and cowgirls they’ll be decorating and coloring their own sheriff badges.
  • Bathroom and Dinner Break!
    For our little rodeo Quesadillas, Bag of Chips and Cuties Mandarins will be served!
  • To Catch a Bull!
    They’ll gather up their lassos in hopes of wrangling in a bull cutout!
  • Potato Sack Races!
    A jumpin’ good time will be had as the children get ready to hop through a potato sack race obstacle course.
  • Dessert Break!
    To end the night s’more inspired cookies will be served!

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New School Year - Seizure Recognition & First Aid

As the new school year begins, Epilepsy Support Network of Orange County would like to offer Seizure Recognition and First Aid training for your teachers, aides and staff. Creating a Seizure Safe School Zone is easy when we team-up for student safety.

Keep Students Safe at School

Seizure Recognition & First Aid is offered at no cost, at your location and the school's convenience. Our presentation teaches school staff how to recognize the most common seizure types, administer basic first aid and identify when a seizure is, or becomes, a medical emergency. Upon the completion of our training, attendees will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of epilepsy and seizures
  • Identify the most common pediatric seizure types
  • Keep students safe during seizures
  • Know when medical intervention is needed
  • Respond confidently in the event of a seizure

Our presenter will also provide school nurses with epilepsy specific hand outs, resources, and strategies to promote improvements in the condition of their students with epilepsy focusing on the goal of reducing seizures at school.

Setting up a presentation is easy, simply email us or call 714-916-0456. Provide us with a few available dates and times and we will email or call you back to confirm a presentation date for your site.

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August 12, 2016 | Support Group Meeting

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Parent Educational Support Group
| 7-8:45 pm
Light dinner provided.

Topic | Epilepsy, Emotional Health and Employment
Parent Speaker | Grace Mucci, PhD, MS, ABPdN
Director, Neuropsychology CHOC

We are delighted to have CHOC’s Neuropsychology Director share her expertise to help us better understand your child’s emotional health and epilepsy. This presentation will walk parents through the most common conditions seen in pediatric (including teen) epilepsy; Behavioral Issues, Anxiety, Depression, ADD, Impulsivity, Emotional Lability, etc.. You will learnre delighted to have CHOC’s how to recognize the behaviors and when to seek treatment for these conditions. Join us, as we learn the coping skills to Stay Calm and Carry On with epilepsy and stress.
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Adult Educational Support Group | 7-8:45 pm

Topic | Employment and Epilepsy: Overcoming Obstacles
Adult Speaker | Lloyd Saposnek, Disability Specialist, Orange County One-Stop Center

Mr. Saposnek will discuss the definition of a disability and how to use your abilities to outweigh and overcome obstacles facing individuals with epilepsy as they pursue meaningful employment. You don’t want to miss this meaningful presentation to learn how to increase opportunities and utilize community resources. Make your reservation


Adult Social Gathering | 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Learn the important facts about epilepsy regarding diagnosis, treatment options, and emergency medications This valuable information will help you avoid unnecessary mistakes often encountered by those less knowledgeable about epilepsy. Bring your questions! Make your reservation Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club | 6-8:45 pm
Teen Club Coordinator | tba
lToo Cool for School

Come join us for a Back to School Flashback Friday Night. We will get ready for the new school year together with fun! Bring a photo of yourself from when you were little to make a “then and now” project. Cupcakes, classic games, story time, back to school grab bags and more! Let’s take a moment to Look how far you’ve come!

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Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:45 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Coordinator | Chantel Rothenburger



“Aloha, Friday Friends Club! On August 12th, we will have an End of Summer Luau! Brush off the sand and be sure to dress in your Summertime Best! Make your reservation

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July 8, 2016 | Support Group Meeting

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Parent & Adult Educational Support Group
| 7-8:45 pm

Topic | New to Epilepsy? Let’s Go Over the Basics!
Parent Speaker | Dr. Steenari, Epileptologist, CHOC
Adult Speaker | Dr. Sen-Gupta, Epileptologist, UCI

This is a must attend presentation for parents or adults in the diagnostic stage of epilepsy. It will be invaluable in helping you get the best care you, or your child, deserve. Do you know the right questions to ask your Doctor? Our expert speakers will provide you with the need to know basics of epilepsy, to walk you through what to expect as part of a thorough Epilepsy evaluation. Be informed and put your child or yourself in a position to achieve seizure freedom and best outcomes.
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Adult Social Gathering | 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Learn the important facts about epilepsy regarding diagnosis, treatment options, and emergency medications This valuable information will help you avoid unnecessary mistakes often encountered by those less knowledgeable about epilepsy. Bring your questions!

Make your reservation Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club | 7-8:45 pm
Teen Club Coordinator | tba

Take me out to the Teen Club. Come join us Friday night and wear your favorite sport/team shirt. Coconut bowling, trashcan basketball and more – there will be something for everyone to enjoy! This group focuses on team building, self-esteem, and interpersonal awareness. Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:45 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Coordinator | Chantel Rothenburger

Friday Friends Club is going on a Camping Adventure! Come ready to meet your friends and learn all about the wilderness with camp themed games, activities and songs! Make your reservation

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June 11, 2016 | Teen Club Outing

Come Join Us for a Bonfire!

Huntington Beach, Saturday, June 11th from 6pm to 9pm.

Sit by the fire with friends and roast s’mores while telling scary stories, challenge yourself in the water balloon toss and hula hoop relay, learn how to spin poi balls, do the limbo and more!

There is no end to the fun we will have at this Blazin’ Bonfire Party!

This is an independence building event, parents please plan to drop off and pick up teens at the designated location. This event is open to anyone that has attended teen club in the last six months – including siblings. Dinner provided is potluck, everyone will sign-up to bring something to the party!

IMPORTANT: Space is limited to 20 participants – first come, first serve. For those wanting to attend, there will be a mandatory meeting at the June 10th Teen Club Program Night.Please RSVP the Teen Club coordinator, tba to reserve a space.

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June 10, 2016 | Support Group Meeting

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Parent & Adult Educational Support Group
| 7-8:45 pm

Topic | Is your Epilepsy Diagnosis Accurate?
Seizure Freedom Depends on it!

Parent Speaker | Dr. Zupanc, Chief of Neurology CHOC
Adult Speaker | Dr. Millett, Epilepsy Director HOAG

Our Epilepsy Expert Speakers will explain how the diagnostic process works for getting an accurate diagnosis. Best possible seizure control depends on an accurate diagnosis. If the diagnosis is not accurate, attaining seizure control can be a time consuming and challenging journey. This presentation is a must if you are seeking the best epilepsy outcomes.

For the 30-40% of individuals that are not experiencing seizure improvement or control, it is imperative to seek treatment by an epileptologist at a comprehensive epilepsy center. Here is your chance to learn from a Pediatric Epileptologist from CHOC Epilepsy Center or an Adult Epileptologist from HOAG Epilepsy Center. Make your reservation


Adult Social Gathering | 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Learn the important facts about epilepsy regarding diagnosis, treatment options, and emergency medications This valuable information will help you avoid unnecessary mistakes often encountered by those less knowledgeable about epilepsy. Bring your questions! Make your reservation Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club | 7-8:45 pm
Teen Club Coordinator | tba

Sometimes life is just a mystery! Join us for a fun night of sleuthing to solve a crime with our CSI Theme. This group focuses on self-esteem, acceptance, creating and responding to appropriate boundaries, and building friendships.

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Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:45 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Coordinator | Chantel Rothenburger

Get ready to dip your feet in as Friday Friends Club dives into the ocean blue on June 10th in their Under the Sea Bash!  Have the little ones dress in their brightest fishy colors and get ready to explore the wondrous secrets of the deep! Make your reservation

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May 13, 2016 | Support Group Meeting

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Parent & AdultEducational Support Group
| 7-8:45 pm

Topic | Living with Epilepsy
Speakers | Dr. Lily Tran, CHOC Epileptologist

When living with epilepsy, various concerns may arise for both the individual and their families.  How does epilepsy affect day-to-day life?  Is this a life long condition for me?  Will my child grow out of it?   Coping with seizures, experiences and concerns are different for every child, adult and parent.  While there is no perfect solution for how to live with epilepsy, learn where to start by understanding the facts and outcomes pertaining to epilepsy and seizures. This presentation will help you think about your child’s needs and offer hope for living their best life with epilepsy.

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Adult Social Gathering | 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Learn the important facts about epilepsy regarding diagnosis, treatment options, and emergency medications This valuable information will help you avoid unnecessary mistakes often encountered by those less knowledgeable about epilepsy. Bring your questions! Make your reservation Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club | 7-8:45 pm
Teen Club Coordinator | tba

Flashback Friday with one of your favorite childhood movies – The Sandlot! Wear your most comfy jammies to relax with friends and watch an oldie but goodie overcoming being the new kid on the block and making new friends! Best comfy pajamas competition!  This group focuses on self-esteem, acceptance and building friendships.

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Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:45 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Coordinator | Chantel Rothenburger

Welcome all little all-stars to Friday Friend’s Club as we have fun with friends in various sporting themed games, and activities! We invite you to show off your team spirit in dressing in your favorite sport team jersey, hat or color! Make your reservation

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April 8, 2016 | Support Group Meeting

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Parent Educational Support Group
| 7-8:45 pm

Epilepsy Medication Guide: A Complete Understanding
Speakers | Melody Sun and Kara Lau, Pharm D.

Join us as we learn important information from a pharmacist’s point of view about epilepsy medication: common side effects, how to avoid side effects, medication compliance, and proper use for maximum benefits.  Whether you are familiar with epilepsy medications or brand new to epilepsy and treatment, you will not want to miss this presentation as our speakers share their expert knowledge, and current research regarding medications specific to you or your child’s epilepsy.

If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “What is the best epilepsy medication?”, or “Is medication forever, will my child or myself be able to wean off some day?”, this presentation is for you!

Make your reservation


Adult Social Gathering | 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Learn the important facts about epilepsy regarding diagnosis, treatment options, and emergency medications This valuable information will help you avoid unnecessary mistakes often encountered by those less knowledgeable about epilepsy. Bring your questions! Make your reservation Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club | 7-8:45 pm
Teen Club Coordinator | tba

Are you ready to get your glow on? Don’t miss Teen Club’s First Glow Stick Dance Party!


Build self-esteem and get moving with friends in a helpful and supportive environment. This group will focus on building relationships and pro-social behaviors. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready to light up the night! Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:45 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Coordinator | Chantel Rothenburger

Calling all Young Padawans to prepare to fight the darkside!
Seizure Wars
In our Star Wars theme we’ll go through a Jedi Training Academy, with many fun games, activities and crafts.   You are the chosen one, to meet your friends in FFC… Make your reservation

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March 11, 2016 | Support Group Meeting

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Parent Educational Support Group
| 7-8:45 pm

Newly Diagnosed- What to Expect?
Speaker | Dr. Mower, CHOC Epilepsy Center, Epileptologist

  • Has your child recently been diagnosed with epilepsy? 
  • Are you interested in learning all you need to know about epilepsy?

Dr. Mower will be presenting a valuable and vital discussion of diagnosis, seizure frequency, causes, work ups, treatments and outcomes.  Join our specialized community of support to understand the latest discoveries and facts pertaining to pediatric epilepsies. Bring your questions and learn how to help your child become seizure free. Make your reservation


EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Adult Educational Support Group
| 7-8:45 pm

Understanding your Diagnosis
Speaker:  Dr. Mnatsakanyan, UCI Epilepsy Center, Epileptologist
 
This is a must attend presentation for all adults who are interested in either learning brand new or advanced information about their epilepsy diagnosis. Dr. Mnatsakanyan will provide you with the need to know basics of epilepsy, to guide you through seizure types, treatment options and long term prognosis.  Be informed and put yourself in a position to achieve seizure freedom and the best quality of life! Make your reservation


Adult Social Gathering | 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Learn the important facts about epilepsy regarding diagnosis, treatment options, and emergency medications This valuable information will help you avoid unnecessary mistakes often encountered by those less knowledgeable about epilepsy. Bring your questions! Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club | 7-8:45 pm
Teen Club Coordinator | tba

We are having a Mardi Gras Party you just can’t miss! We’ll be celebrating our present, our future, and our uniqueness!

Earn Beads! Kings Cake! Jazz Music! Make Masks!

What more do we need to have a blast!

A Mardi Gras Celebration awaits you... focusing on building friendships, weathering our pasts, honoring our present, and building on what we’ve learned to make our futures brighter!

It is a party you just can’t miss! Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:45 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Coordinator | Chantel Rothenburger
Make your reservation

You Could Not, Would Not, Want to Miss...

A Friday Friends Club As Fun As This! Join Friends to participate in hands-on activities to Dr. Seuss’ Books, enjoy an exclusive Story Time Reading, Seuss-Inspired Games and a Book Giveaway!
 
You want to come, so you say? RSVP, RSVP, right away!

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February 12, 2016 | Support Group Meeting

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group
| 7-8:45 pm

Topic | Nourishing Relationships for Wholehearted Living
Speaker | Dr. Phyllis Larkin

Dr. Larkin will be in the house to take care of all of us! She will speaking just for you: parents, partners, loved ones of children or adults with epilepsy, and adults with epilepsy. Living with epilepsy can wear the best of us down in spirit and attitude. This presentation has been specifically designed to build resiliency and nourish relationships for wholehearted living. Wholehearted Living cuts through the uncertainty and self-shame and confidently proclaims: You're doing great, just as you! Join us as together we rise strong with compassion, resiliency, gratitude and joy!

"Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough. It’s going to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging." — Brene Brown

Make your reservation


We have everything you need for a perfect Valentine’s evening:
Dinner, chocolates, sparkling cider, a masseuse, and free childcare!

Adult Social Gathering | 6-7 pm

On Valentine’s Day
Please be sweet,
Come to Meet and Greet
Bring a Chocolate Dish to Share
One made with tender love and care!


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Learn the important facts about epilepsy diagnosis, treatment options, specialists, and emergency medications. This valuable information can help you reduce seizures and avoid unnecessary mistakes. Bring your questions! Make your reservation.

Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation


Teen Club | 7-8:45 pm
Theme | Teens Get Inspired... 

You exist, and therefore you matter! Join your friends in activities that make a difference!
Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:45 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Director | Katie Hackman

Theme | Box Car Racing

  • Come in your jammies and bring your favorite blanket
  • Games and Activities you are sure to Love
  • We will make cardboard box cars
  • FFC Drive In Movie Night with snacks, too!

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing. (Childcare for ages 2-13 years)
Make your reservation

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January 8, 2016 | Support Group Meeting

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group
| 7-8:45 pm

Topic | Renewed Hope from the American Epilepsy Society Conference
Speaker | Dr. Tracy Dixon- Salazar, CURE Associate Research Director

Join us a we learn about the latest information on treatments, research and epilepsy news, presented at the AES December Conference in Baltimore. You will not want to miss the inspiring and hopeful report on the most recent innovations in epilepsy. Together, let’s resolve to make 2016 a year of new beginnings as we learn about the progress being made in finding the causes and cures for epilepsy.
Reserve your spot, today.


Adult Social Gathering Time | 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Seizure Recognition & First Aid | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Do you know what to do in case of a prolonged seizure?  Make sure you and others know how to respond if your loved one has a seizure.

We want to help you keep your loved ones safe; invite your relatives, friends, and neighbors. Reduce your stress by letting us teach them how to respond to seizures. Presentation will include handouts, video and demonstrations with medical mannequin.

Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club | 7-8:45 pm

Theme | Happy New Year! Now what?  

Come play Pictionary! Time Capsule! False Predictions! New Year’s Party Hats! All guests at this celebration are guaranteed to win a party favor and have a few laughs with friends!

This group focuses on Self Awareness and Esteem, Building and Sustaining Friendships, Social Planning and Social Responsibility.
Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:45 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Director | Katie Hackman
Make your reservation

Theme | Celebrate Good Times, Come On!?!

Activities: Cross the Line Ringing in the New Year!
Circle Time: Learn our common hopes for the year!

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing. (Childcare for ages 2-13 years)

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December 11, 2015 | Holiday Party

Date | Friday, December 11, 2015, 6-9pm
Location | First Presbyterian Church
7702 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CA 92683

Please join Epilepsy Support Network’s staff, board, volunteers and members from all of our support groups for a joyful Holiday Party to remember.

We will start with dinner, warm drinks, a visit from Santa and a toy for the children.  There will be a Teen Activity, Santa’s Craft Workshop, Santa’s Sweet Shop, Holiday Raffle, and a special gift for adults with epilepsy and parents (1 per family) for the first 50 to RSVP.  Back by popular demand, is our Holiday Party Talent Show.  If your child or teen has a talent; singing, instrument, dancing, jokes, we hope s/he will share it at the Holiday Party.  Sign them up when you RSVP and let them shine!  Adults will meet and socialize with friends in their Jingle and Mingle area.

If you would like to bring a: Holiday Raffle Item, dessert or case of water, it will be greatly appreciated.  

The fun begins at 6:00 pm through 9:00 pm.  RSVP’s are mandatory due to limited space as this event will fill to capacity.  Please RSVP by Tuesday, 12/8/15.

rsvp@esnoc.org or call (714) 916-0456.

Looking forward to seeing you at our Holiday Party and celebrating our community of support!

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Talk to the Doc Event | November 13, 2015

Talk to the Doc Event

We have designed a fun and social One Stop Epilepsy Event for Patients and Families. Meet and Greet with Orange County’s Epileptologists and Epilepsy Center Staff. This is your opportunity to get to know your community experts and learn about epilepsy centers and their comprehensive approach to diagnosis, treatments and care.

  • Is your teen transitioning to an adult epileptologist?
  • Has your child/loved one or have you seen an epileptologist?
  • Do you have questions about your child’s education or behaviors?

Come out and meet Orange County’s epilepsy specialists. Bring your questions and together we will UnSeize the Day!

The Evening's Events

6:00-6:30 pm | Dinner and Social sponsored by Lundbeck
Socialize and visit epilepsy spirit table offering purple ribbons, lanyards, gifts, pencils for a donation.

6:30-6:35 pm | Welcome Announcements
6:35-7:35 pm | Panel Topics and Discussion
  1. Epilepsy and Genetics- What have we Learned?
  2. Epilepsy Surgery Options-What is New?
  3. Seizure Alarms and Technology-What are the Options?
7:35-8:45pm | Talk to the Doc- Meet and Greet
ESN Members have an opportunity to get epilepsy specific information from:
  • Pediatric and Adult Epileptologists
  • Epilepsy Neurosurgeons
  • CHOC Clinical Educators
  • CHOC Pharmacy Team
  • Epilepsy Neuropsychologists, Geneticists
  • Psychologist and MFT

Coffee and Dessert
8:45-9:00 pm |   Closing Remarks  

Epilepsy Spirit Table-Purple Ribbons, Lanyards, pencils- for a donation.

Please note: FFC - Childcare reservations for this meeting are MANDATORY.

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October 9, 2015 | Support Group Meeting

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group
| 7-8:45 pm

Topic | Epilepsy and Sleep - Learn about the connections

  • Can sleep deprivation trigger a seizure?
  • Can epilepsy medication interfere with sleep?
  • What causes sleep problems?
  • Why are some seizure types, sleep related?
  • How can sleep be improved?

Dr. Anjalee W. GalionParent Speaker
Dr. Anjalee W. Galion
Neurology
CHOC Children's Specialists

Dr. Mona SazgarAdult Speaker
Dr. Mona Sazgar
Epileptologist
UC Irvine Health 

If you or your child has epilepsy, it is important to learn the connection between seizures and sleeping patterns, how sleep can affect seizures, and which types of epilepsy are sleep related.  Dr. Galion and Dr. Sazgar will discuss everything you need to know about epilepsy and sleep, including how to achieve healthy sleep on a regular basis to improve seizure control and quality of life.
Reserve your spot, today.


Adult Social Gathering Time | 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Learn the important facts about epilepsy regarding diagnosis, treatment options, and emergency medications This valuable information will help you avoid unnecessary mistakes often encountered by those less knowledgeable about epilepsy. Bring your questions! Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club |7-8:45 pm
Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd

Theme | It’s Time For A Back 2 School Party!  

Celebrate the beginning of a New School Year with your Friends and win your favorite school supplies!

This group focuses on Self Awareness and Esteem, Building and Sustaining Friendships, Social Planning and Social Responsibility.
Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:45 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Director | Katie Hackman
Make your reservation

Theme | Annual Halloween Spooktacular

It’s Friday Friend’s Club Annual Halloween Spooktacular and the kids are in for a WICKED good time! Join us in your best costume and celebrate the night with friends, social play, and our notorious Halloween games!
  • By the moon we gather here, to celebrate this time of year with our first ever mummy contest! Dress up your favorite volunteers with toilet paper, and see which mummy gives you the best scare!
  • We gather round the pumpkin light and party long into the night as we make our very own Haunted Houses and Graveyard Pudding Cups at our spooktacular craft table!
  • Double, Double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble for our Witch Hat game! You won’t want to miss a chance to win some Halloween inspired Prize Tickets!
  • You’re in for a scare, so dress up if you dare for a chance to win our Friday Friends Club Halloween Costume Contest!

So Disguise yourself and we will party long into the night till all are blessed with second sight! Don’t keep your little pumpkin on the sidelines, as typical experiences and peer modeling is wickedly important for your child’s development!

Space is limited so RSVP, ASAP (714) 916-0456
Reservations are required as this is one of our biggest events of the year! Lite dinner sponsored by our friends at Cyberonics.

Friend of the NightOur “Friend of the Night Under the Big Top” for September's FFC….Congratulations to the COWBOY OF THE NIGHT…JACK! Thank you for being such a great listener, and helping to get everyone excited about our western theme! Your smile is infectious to those around you! Great Job!

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing. (Childcare for ages 2-13 years)

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September 11, 2015 | Support Group Meeting
Parent Topic | 7:00 - 8:45 pm
Epilepsy Surgery: Sooner vs. Later
Speaker | Dr. Joffre Olaya, CHOC Neurosurgeon

Dr. Olaya will be joining us for a progressive presentation on epilepsy brain surgery.
Do you know if your child can benefit from surgical intervention?
In some cases, surgery can be a cure for Epilepsy and is an area that continues to grow with positive results in well selected surgical candidates. More recently, surgery is being considered sooner and the time is now to learn about life saving treatment options for your child, you don’t want to miss this once a year opportunity!
Reserve your spot, today.
Dr. Sumeet Vadera, UCI Neurosurgeon Adult Topic
Epilepsy Surgery: What is New and Upcoming
Speaker | Dr. Sumeet Vadera, UCI Neurosurgeon
Time | 7:00 - 8:45 pm

Everyone is invited to help us welcome our first time Expert Epilepsy Speaker, Dr. Vadera. He is proficient with several techniques in epilepsy surgery, including stereoelectroencephalogrphy (EGG), laser surgery and RNS.

Are your seizures not being controlled by medications?

If so, it is invaluable to learn how state-of-the-art technology is being applied to perform the safest and least-invasive procedure that will help you to achieve the highest possible quality of life..
Reserve your spot, today.


Adult Social Gathering
Time | 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Learn the important facts about epilepsy regarding diagnosis, treatment options, and emergency medications This valuable information will help you avoid unnecessary mistakes often encountered by those less knowledgeable about epilepsy. Bring your questions! Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club |7-8:45 pm
Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd

Theme | It’s Time For A Back 2 School Party!  

Celebrate the beginning of a New School Year with your Friends and win your favorite school supplies!

This group focuses on Self Awareness and Esteem, Building and Sustaining Friendships, Social Planning and Social Responsibility.
Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:45 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Director | Katie Hackman
Make your reservation

Theme | Wanted: Cowgirls and Cowboys

Gather 'round for a stompin good time!

HOWDY Y’ALL!!! Round up your boots and grab your partner for some Friendship, Inclusion, and Fun! Saddle up the kiddies and mosey on over for Friday Friends Club 1st Hoedown! Join in on the fun, games, food and prizes!

  • Saddle Up to the Big O’ Ranch for a Rootin’-Tootin’ Good Time! All cowboys and cowgirls don’t miss the chance to lasso your own horse!
  • Giddy Up! We have some sheep to collect! Come on down and herd your own sheep! The cowboys or cowgirls that round up the most sheep win a chance at a prize from our FFC Prize Box!
  • Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg? Come join us for a group barnyard chicken egg hunt! (We promise it will be mess free!)
  • Swing your Partner Round and Round! We are having a western “dance off” so come on down!

*** WANTED! We are on the lookout for this month Friday Friends Club Cowboy or Cowgirl of the Night! You won’t want to miss this month!

Let’s also celebrate the beginning of a new school year with out character trait focus of the night: “Hard work pays off!” Come ready to work alongside your FFC friends! Put on your favorite western wear (optional) and we’ll see you Friday, September 11 at 6:00pm!   

Macintosh HD:Users:katelinhackman:Desktop:IMG_0287.JPGOur “Friend of the Night Under the Big Top” for August FFC is….Roxanne Walker! Thank you for looking out for all your friends, and always being the first to comfort others if you saw someone in need! We appreciate you, and way to go!!!

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing. (Childcare for ages 2-13 years)

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August 14, 2015 | Support Group Meeting

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group for Parents | 7-8:45 pm

Topic | Epilepsy and Depression
Be Aware of the Signs? 

Speakers| Dr. Grace Mucci, Director, CHOC Pediatric Psychology
Dr. Jonathan Romain, Neuropsychologist
Dr. Lauren Barrett, Neuropsychologist Fellow
Time | 7:00 - 8:45 pm

Is your child having issues at school or acting out at home? Are you concerned about your child’s mood, impulsivity, possible anxiety or depression? Did you know anxiety and depression can manifest in many ways for children? Join us as we learn how to support our child’s emotional health and better understand the most common conditions seen in pediatric epilepsy; Behavioral Issues, Anxiety, Depression, ADD, Impulsivity, Emotional Lability, etc. The Neuropsychology team will help us recognize the symptoms for early detection and treatment for best possible outcome. You are not alone, and attending this presentation will enable you to find professionals who are qualified to treat these conditions.  
Reserve your spot, today.
Grupo de apoyo educativo para padres


Educational Support Group for Adults | 7-8:45 pm

Topic | Epilepsy and Depression
How Common is it?   

Speaker | Dr. Millett, Director HOAG Epilepsy Center
Time | 7:00 - 8:45 pm

Did you know, anxiety and depression are more common in people with epilepsy than in people who do not have epilepsy?  Did you know, managing epilepsy, anxiety and depression can improve seizure control?  The links between epilepsy and depression can be complicated, and affect people in different ways.
 
Join us as we offer support to help you manage what could contribute to anxiousness or feeling depressed with Epilepsy.  Here are some examples:
  • Continuing to have seizures
  • Being afraid of having seizures 
  • Having side-effects from epilepsy medicines
  • Having social, relationship, or family problems

You are not alone and there is much hope.
Reserve your spot, today.


Adult Social Gathering | 6-7pm

Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Seizure Recognition and First Aid | 6-7pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

We are presenting our SR&FA in place of Epilepsy 101 for this month. Start the new year off with our one hour presentation, designed for adults and those supervising children on how to recognize a seizure and when to administer first aid. Bring your questions!

Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club |7-8:45 pm
Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd

Theme |

This group focuses on Self Awareness and Esteem, Building and Sustaining Friendships, Social Planning and Social Responsibility.
Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:45 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Director | Katie Hackman
Make your reservation

Step Right Up for Friendship, Inclusion, and Clown fun at Friday Friends Club Carnival Night! There will be friends, games, carnival food, and prizes from our Carnival Prize Box.

  • Hurry, hurry, come one come all, Clown Races will begin; make sure not to let your carnival egg fall!
  • Here’s your ticket, you’re on your way, Bean Bag Toss is here to save the day!
  • Step Right up, it’s the Fish Cup Game, win a fish, if it goes your way!
  • Knock down a clown at the can toss station, be sure not miss, or your can may be misshapen.

Don’t keep your child sitting in the stands, bring them center stage so they can shine! Typical experiences and peer modeling is a matter of course for your child’s development.  They will get to hear the true story of the “Circus Ship,” and participate in our Carnival Social Circle. You don’t want them to miss it and we can’t wait to see them!


Matey of the Night"! Thank you Nathan Pembleton for being July's best Matey, by helping others during the night and sacrificing some of your Pirate tokens so that others could receive a prize. Way to go!!

 

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing. (Childcare for ages 2-13 years)

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July 17, 2015 | Support Group Meeting

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group for Parents
| 7-8:45 pm

Topic | Social Security Disability and SSI

Speaker |Ethan K. Pham, Attorney at Law
Time | 7:00 - 8:45 pm

Find out whether you or your child may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits and the process and criteria used to determine eligibility.

Mr. Pham is a board member and past chairman of the Social Security Section of the Orange County Bar. He will discuss what a claimant needs to get approved for Social Security Disability and SSI. The discussion will focus on claimants with seizures and the role of family and caregivers for epilepsy claims.

The Presentation will include:

  • What is Social Security Disability and SSI
  • Who qualifies as disabled
  • Epilepsy as a disabling condition according to SSA
  • What to expect when filing for disability
  • 5-step sequential evaluation process in determining disability
  • Types of evidence considered
  • Benefits under each program

Reserve your spot, today.
Grupo de apoyo educativo para padres


Adult Social Gathering | 6-7pm

Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Learn the important facts about epilepsy regarding diagnosis, treatment options, and emergency medications This valuable information will help you avoid unnecessary mistakes often encountered by those less knowledgeable about epilepsy. Bring your questions! Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club |7-8:45 pm
Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd

Theme | Beat the heat and meet your Friends at Teen Club’s Indoor Beach Party!

Get Summer Started with lots of fun...

• Beach Volleyball!
• Beach Ball Obstacle Course!
• Beach Towel Flip It!

This group focuses on Self Awareness and Esteem, Building and Sustaining Friendships, Social Planning and Social Responsibility.
Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:45 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Director | Katie Hackman
Make your reservation

Theme | Pirate vs. Princess

Kids are invited to an indoor pirate versus princess battle! They will build their own ship or castle and win a prize from our top secret treasure.

Circle Time | Circle time with friends where we kindly share a topic.

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing. (Childcare for ages 2-13 years)

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June 12, 2015 | Support Group Meeting

epilepsy walk
Arrive early to celebrate the success of our Epilepsy Walk OC

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group for Parents
| 7-8:45 pm

Dr. Lily TranTopic | Unlocking  the Mysteries of Childhood Epilepsies- Fact vs. Myth

Speaker | Dr. Lily Tran, Pediatric Epileptologist, CHOC
Time | 7-8:45 pm

This is a must attend presentation for adults who are newly diagnosed or who are struggling with seizure control.  Dr. Sen-Gupta will provide you with the need to know basics of epilepsy, to guide you through the diagnosis and treatment.  Be informed and put yourself in a position to achieve seizure freedom. 
Reserve your spot, today.


EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group for Adults
| 7-8:45 pm

Dr. Indranil Sen-GuptaTopic | New to Epilepsy? Let’s go over the Basics

Speaker | Dr. Indranil Sen-Gupta, UCI
Time |7-8:45 pm

This is a must attend presentation for adults who are newly diagnosed or who are struggling with seizure control.  Dr. Sen-Gupta will provide you with the need to know basics of epilepsy, to guide you through the diagnosis and treatment.  Be informed and put yourself in a position to achieve seizure freedom. 
Reserve your spot, today.


Adult Social Gathering | 6-7pm

Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Learn the important facts about epilepsy regarding diagnosis, treatment options, and emergency medications This valuable information will help you avoid unnecessary mistakes often encountered by those less knowledgeable about epilepsy. Bring your questions! Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club |7-8:45 pm
Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd

Theme | Are You Up for a Challenge?

Activity | Calling all Teen Contestants for Minute to Win it! Don’t miss out on all the fun with your friends!

This group focuses on Self Awareness and Esteem, Building and Sustaining Friendships, Social Planning and Social Responsibility.
Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:45 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Director | Jackie Wilson
Make your reservation

Super Heroes Unite

Character Trait Focus: Bravery Group

Activities: Pass the Kryptonite and Joker Hunt
Games: X-Ray Vision! Superhero Bingo! Catch the Superhero!

Circle Time | Circle time with friends where we kindly share a topic.

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing. (Childcare for ages 2-13 years)

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April 25, 2015 | Epilepsy Walk Orange County

We ask that you save this date, Saturday, April 25, 2015. Together we will UnSeize the Day with our friends and families! Read more...

Epilepsy Walk OC
Visit our Fundraising website at
www.epilepsywalkoc.kintera.org/



Like our Epilepsy Walk OC Facebook Page

April 10, 2015 | Support Group Meeting

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group
| 7-8:45 pm

Parent Topic | Epilepsy Medications
How we select the most Effective Medication

Parent Speaker I Dr. Shrey
Epileptologist, CHOC Time | 7:00 - 8:45 pm

Dr. Shrey will be presenting on everything you need to know about epilepsy medications, highlighting specific conditions and the medication selection process.  Whether you are familiar with epilepsy medications or brand new to epilepsy and treatment, you will take away something from this presentation as our expert speaker explores the most up to date information regarding medications specific to your child’s diagnosis. 

Reserve your spot, today.

Adult Topic | Epilepsy and Memory
There is much hope

Adult Speaker | Dr. Phyllis Larkin, PsyD
Time | 7:00 - 8:45 pm

Memory can be one of the key issues that affects people with epilepsy.  Dr. Larkin will explain the different types of memory and provide memory tools to enhance your ability to learn new information and improve your memory. There are many ways to make the most out of our abilities and you do not want to miss this opportunity to learn as Dr. Larkin discusses techniques to use when your memory is less than perfect – and that includes all of us!
Reserve your spot, today.


Adult Social Gathering | 6-7pm

Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Seizure Recognition and First Aid | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

We are presenting our SR&FA in place of Epilepsy 101 for this month. Start the new year off with our one hour presentation, designed for adults and those supervising children on how to recognize a seizure and when to administer first aid. Bring your questions!

Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club | 7-8:45 pm
Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd

Theme | Creating a Stress Free Zone

Activity | De-Stree Your Brain
Games | Post-It Note Relay! and Toss and Talk!

This group focuses on Self Awareness and Esteem, Building and Sustaining Friendships, Social Planning and Social Responsibility.
Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Director | Jackie Wilson
Make your reservation

Karaoke Party

It’s time to Sing your Heart Out and Rock the Night Away Special Guest Brianna Shaffer, Board-Certified Music Therapist

 

Circle Time | Circle time with friends where we kindly share a topic.

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing. (Childcare for ages 2-13 years)

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March 20, 2015 | Support Group Meeting

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group
| 7-8:45 pm

Topic | The Importance of an Accurate Diagnosis- Do you know your Seizure Type?

Tonight's Speaker
Parent Speaker |
Dr. Steenari
Epileptologist, CHOC
Adult Speaker
Dr. Millett, Director
HOAG Epilepsy Center

This month, Our Epilepsy Expert Speakers will explain how the diagnostic process works for getting an accurate diagnosis. Best possible seizure control depends on an accurate diagnosis. If the diagnosis is not accurate, attaining seizure control can be a time consuming and challenging journey. This presentation is a must if you are seeking the best epilepsy outcomes.

Many individuals with epilepsy and parents of children with epilepsy question their epilepsy diagnosis. The more we understand this process the better we can assess whether our child or one’s self has received an accurate diagnosis. For the 30-40% of individuals that are not experiencing seizure improvement or control, it is imperative to seek treatment by an epileptologist at a comprehensive epilepsy center. Here is your chance to learn from a Pediatric Epileptologist from CHOC Epilepsy Center or an Adult Epileptologist from HOAG Epilepsy Center.

    Here are some of the questions to be answered:

  • Are you unsure about your diagnosis?
  • Are your seizures under control?
  • Have you had all the right diagnostic testing?
  • How is medication selected?
  • How long do you wait to see if medications will work?
  • What do you do if the medication does not work?
  • Do you need to see an epileptologist in addition to your neurologist?
Make your reservation

Adult Social Gathering | 6-7pm

Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Seizure Recognition and First Aid | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

We are presenting our SR&FA in place of Epilepsy 101 for this month. Start the new year off with our one hour presentation, designed for adults and those supervising children on how to recognize a seizure and when to administer first aid. Bring your questions!

Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club | 7-8:45 pm
Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd

Theme | Try Your Luck
Play games and discuss how to increase your luck.

This group focuses on Self Awareness and Esteem, Building and Sustaining Friendships, Social Planning and Social Responsibility.
Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Director | Jackie Wilson
Make your reservation

Friday's Friends in our March Madness games of Ball Battle, Sports Twister and Balloon Tennis!

Kids can win tickets to collect Prizes!
Here are fun and easy ways:

  • Game participants will get their names added to the FFC "Teamwork" Board.
  • Have your child wears his or her favorite Team sports jersey.
  • Friends will make Soccer Puppets to compete in a table top game.

Refuel with Corn Dogs, Veggie Sticks and Popcorn.

Circle Time | Circle time with friends where we kindly share a topic.

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing. (Childcare for ages 2-13 years)

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Talk with the Docs | March 5, 2015

UC Irvine Health, Comprehensive Epilepsy Program
ADULT patients with Epilepsy are invited to “Talk to the DOC” sessions and these lectures:

  • Cognition and Memory
  • Women with Epilepsy
  • Lifestyle - Diet and fitness
  • SUDEP
  • Epilepsy Surgery

Complimentary dinner and parking
Date | Thursday, March 5, 2015, 6:00-9:00pm

Location | UC Irvine Health
City Tower Building
333 City Tower West, 2nd floor, Suite 260
Orange, CA 92868

RSVP: 714.456.7200 or bd-ucirvinehealth@uci.edu
(limited seating, adults only please)
Download flyer

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Blue Moon all of February - Third Party Fundraiser

February is a great month to shop! Blue Moon Boutique is a philanthropic boutique carrying unique and creative products. ESNOC is the chosen charity to receive 10% of February's sales. This is the perfect place to fine that sweet gift for your valentines.

We are combining a Mom's Night Out on February 12th, 6-8pm. Mom's come relax, sip and shop with esn moms.

Blue Moon Promo

Blue Moon Boutique
5256 Lampson Avenue,
W. Garden Grove, CA 92845

www.BlueMoonCares.com

Mon-Thurs, 10-7pm,
Fri & Sat 10-6pm, closed Sunday

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Patti Blake is the owner of Blue Moon Boutique. Patti's vision for Blue Moon is to not only provide clients with classic and beautiful styles but to also make a positive difference in the community.

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February 12, 2015 | Mom's Night Out

"Full Circle Giving" Giving you a little break with the moms so you can be fresh for Valentines day. Sip & Shop at Blue Moon Boutique and pick up that special gift (at 10% off). We will meet between 6-8pm on Thursday, February 12th. Please, rsvp to let us know you are coming.

www.BlueMoonCares.com

Blue Moon Boutique
5256 Lampson Avenue, |
W. Garden Grove, CA 92845
See above event for more details.

The purpose of Mom's Night Out is to provide a respite from the everyday joys of being a Mom. We provide a little time for laughter, understand, understanding and friendship. Rejuvenation is a key component of good parenting and we are here to help!

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February 13, 2015 | Special Valentines Meeting

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group for Parents & Adults
| 7-8:45 pm

Topic | Nourishing Relationships for Wholehearted Living
Speaker | Dr. Phyllis Larkin

Living with epilepsy can wear the best of us down in spirit and attitude. This presentation has been specifically designed to build resiliency for those living with chronic epilepsy. Dr. Larkin will walk us through: courage, compassion, connection and gratitude. Parents of children with epilepsy as well as adults will gain a healthier perspective by improving self compassion, resiliency, gratitude and joy. Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request
Serie De Expertos En Epilepsia Para La Comunidad De Habla Hispana.


Adult Social Gathering | 6-7pm

On Valentine’s Day
Please be sweet, come to our
Adult Social Meet and Greet
Bring a Chocolate Dish to Share
One made with tender love and care!


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Learn the important facts about epilepsy regarding diagnosis, treatment options, and emergency medications This valuable information will help you avoid unnecessary mistakes often encountered by those less knowledgeable about epilepsy. Bring your questions! Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Make your reservation. Childcare available upon request.


Teen Club | 7-8:45 pm
Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd

Love: Learn to focus on the people who matter the most!

This group focuses on Self Awareness and Esteem, Building and Sustaining Friendships, Social Planning and Social Responsibility.
Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:45 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Director | Jackie Wilson
Make your reservation

Be Our Valentine!

Join your friends for some Heart Stompin’ Fun, there will be ESN Valentine’s for everyone!

Games and Activities you are sure to Love:
  • Cupid’s Cherry Floats
  • Heart-A-Stack Race
  • Pin the Arrow on the Heart

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing. (Childcare for ages 2-13 years)

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January 9, 2015 | Support Group Meeting

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group for Parents & Adults
| 7-8:45 pm

Topic | Renewed Hope from the AES Conference

Speaker | Dr. Jack Lin
Director, UCI Epilepsy Center

Let's start the year out right by learning the latest information on treatments, research and epilepsy news, presented at the American Epilepsy Society’s December Conference. This is always an exciting presentation that brings our members renewed hope for seizure control. Together, let’s resolve to make 2015 a year where we UnSeize the Day, improve our quality of life through building independence, increase social connections, and practice gratitude.


Adult Social Gathering | 6-7pm

Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Seizure Recognition and First Aid | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

We are presenting our SR&FA in place of Epilepsy 101 for this month. Start the new year off with our one hour presentation, designed for adults and those supervising children on how to recognize a seizure and when to administer first aid. Bring your questions!

Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club | 7-8:45 pm
Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd

This group focuses on Self Awareness and Esteem, Building and Sustaining Friendships, Social Planning and Social Responsibility.
Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Director | Jackie Wilson
Make your reservation

Winter Wonderland with Hot Chocolate
Craft | Scarves and snow flakes 
Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span.

Games | Don't Break the Ice and "FREEZE" Dance

Circle Time | Circle time with friends where we kindly share a topic.

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing. (Childcare for ages 2-13 years)

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December 12, 2014 | Holiday Party

Oh, what fun we will have celebrating the holiday together!

Date | Friday, December 12, 2014, 6-9pm
Location | First Presbyterian Church
7702 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CA 92683

• Santa • Dinner and Dessert Table • Sant's Workshop • Talent Show • Raffle • Teen Activity • Special Gift for first 50 people to RSVP.

December’s Support Groups will meet for our Holiday Party. Reservations are required by email rsvp@esnoc.org or call (714) 916-0456.

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November 14, 2014 | Talk with the Doc

Talk to the Docs | November 14, 2014

We have designed a fun and social One Stop Epilepsy Event for Patients and Families. Meet and Greet with Orange County’s Epileptologists and Epilepsy Center Staff. This is your opportunity to get to know your community experts and learn about epilepsy centers and their comprehensive approach to diagnosis, treatments and care. Is your teen transitioning to an adult epileptologist? Come out and meet the directors of Orange County’s Adult Epilepsy Centers. Bring your questions, learn, and live your best life!

  • 6:00-6:20 pm
    Lite Dinner sponsored by Lundbeck
    Socialize
    Visit Epilepsy Spirit Table offers Purple Ribbons, Lanyards, and/or pencils for a donation.
  • 6:20-6:30 pm
    Welcome Announcements
  • 6:30-8:00 pm
    ESN Members have an opportunity to get epilepsy specific information from: Pediatric and Adult Epileptologists, Epilepsy Neurosurgeon, CHOC Clinical Educators, Department of Pharmacy, Epilepsy Neuropsychologists, Geneticists, and Psychologists
  • 8:00-8:10 pm
    Transition to Panel Discussion Dessert and Coffee Served
  • 8:10-8:50 pm
    Panel Discussion — Topics include
    1. Brand Vs. Generic Medications
    2. Ideal Time for Epilepsy Surgery
    3. Biogenetics and Epilepsy

First 50 RSVPs will receive a Mobe pedometer or Diastat Case. Please note: FFC - Childcare reservations for this meeting are MANDATORY. Wear Purple for Epilepsy Awareness Month.
Take my reservation

at CHOC Harold Wade Education Center
CHOC West Clinic Bldg., 2nd Floor
1201 W. La Veta Ave 
Orange, CA 92868 (Get Campus map)

Below is a confirmed list of attending doctors, specialists and professionals.
CHOC Children Neuroscience Institute

Dr. Mary Zupanc, Epileptologist
Dr. Lilly Tran, Neurologist
Dr. Andrew Mower
Dr. Joffre Olaya

CHOC Neuropsychology Team
Dr. Jonathon Romain, PhD
Dr. Amy Veenstra, Fellow
Dr. Lauren Barrett, Fellow
Courtney Malave, MSW

CHOC Pharmacy Team
Dr. Grace Lee, Clinical Educator, Department of Pharmacy
Dr. Fiona Lam
Dr. Jessie Kim

UCI Adult Epilepsy Center
Dr. Mona Sazgar
Dr. Jack Lin
Dr. Lilit Mnatsakanyan, Adult Epileptologist
Dr.  Neil Sen -Gupta
Sohayla Karrat, RN
Virginia Monsanto, RN
Laurie Gumser

UCI Genetic Center
Dr. Neda Zadeh

Hoag Epilepsy Center
Dr. David Millett

Private Psychologists
Dr. Phyllis Larkin


Other Meetings and Activities this same night...

Epilepsy 101 | Canceled for this meeting.

Emotional Support Group for Parents | Canceled for this meeting.

Teen Club | 6:30-9:00 pm
Purple Party
Epilepsy Awareness Month, Games and Music
with Jennifer Leath, PsyD

Friday Friend's Club (formerly Childcare) | 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Purplelalapalooza
  • Purple People Eater Dance
  • Positive Purple Prizes
  • Thankful Purple Tiles

Reservations are mandatory. Please reserve early.

Epilepsy Spirit Tables Donate to epilepsy awareness and receive Purple Pins for family, teachers, etc.

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November 2 and 16, 2014 | Izza Pizzeria Fundraiser
Thank you San Clemente Junior Woman's
Club for supporting our awareness efforts!

Pizza with a Conscience- Izza Pizza

On Sundays, November 2nd and 16th, from 4-9pm, the San Clemente Junior Woman's Club is partnering with Izza Pizzeria to raise money for Epilepsy Awareness Month. Celebrate November by joining us for a great dinner and sharing in their efforts to advocate for people with epilepsy. Izza Pizzeria restaurant has generously offered to donate 10% of all sales on both nights to Epilepsy Support Network of Orange County. Invite or forward this event to your friends and family.

Izza Pizzeria
Camino De Estrella,
San Clemente, CA 92672

Ph: (949) 248-4925

Izza Pizzeria offers Coastal Feel with Classic Italian Atmosphere. We offer Neapolitan Pizza, New Artisian Specialty Pizzas and Award Winning Numero Uno Thick Crust as well as assortment of pastas, salads and deserts.

See you there, let's paint the town purple!

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November 5 and 6, 2014 | Disneyland Awareness Days

2nd Annual, Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland!
Nov 5th, Expo Day and Nov 6th, Disnelyand

We are among the epilepsy partners involved in this special Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland. Help us bring epilepsy out of the shadows by joining ESNOC families for a "fun filled-day of inclusion." When purchasing your Disneyland Tickets, please click on Epilepsy Support Network under Partner Organization.

New Event Expo | Thursday, November 5
Be sure to visit us at our table in the Expo!!!
Resort Day | Friday, November 6
Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. Be sure to meet us at the park!

Click here to learn more and purchase tickets by visiting EpilepsyAwarenessDay.org

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October 17, 2014 | Support Group Meeting

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group for Parents & Adults
| 7-8:45 pm

Topic | Epilepsy and Sleep

Speaker for Parents | Dr. Anjalee W. Galion, Neurology, CHOC Children's Specialists                  
Speaker for Adults | Dr. David Millett, Epileptologist, Director, Hoag Epilepsy Program

Sleep issues are among the most critical problems facing people with epilepsy. You may be unaware of the seizures that occur during your or your child's sleep. People with epilepsy have been known to suffer a significantly higher rate of sleep disturbances which can be associated with greater academic, work, social and attention problems. Because lack of sleep is a trigger for seizures, achieving healthy sleep on a regular basis is essential for improving the quality of life.
Learn about the importance of and how to get healthy sleep. Drs. Galion and Millett will discuss common sleep issues and cover related topics such as melatonin and medications that can affect sleep.
Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Adult Social Gathering | 6-7pm

Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Learn the important facts about epilepsy regarding diagnosis, treatment options, and emergency medications This valuable information will help you avoid unnecessary mistakes often encountered by those less knowledgeable about epilepsy. Bring your questions!Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club | 7-8:45 pm
Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd

Halloween Party – Wear your costumes for fun and games

This group focuses on Self Awareness and Esteem, Building and Sustaining Friendships, Social Planning and Social Responsibility.
Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:45 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Director | Jackie Wilson
Make your reservation

Halloween Spooktacular Party & Costume Parade

  • Ghoulish Party Games and Prizes
  • Wicked Snacks
  • Howling Music
  • Trick or Treat Extravaganza

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing. (Childcare for ages 2-13 years)

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October 11, 2014 | Teen Meet Up

ESN Teen Club Meet Up

The 26th Annual Benefit Show, Police K9 Demonstration will provide our teens with a great opportunity to practice social skills learned in Teen Club!  The teen group size is limited to twenty teens*, so please rsvp to Meghan Metzger.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Time, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Meet at Glover Stadium, 1125 N La Palma Pkwy, Anaheim, 92801
Due to limited staffing, all teens must be self sufficient.
*Free for the teen group
Call for details 714-916-0456

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September 12, 2014 | Support Group Meeting

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group for Parents & Adults
| 7-8:45 pm

Topic | Epilepsy Treatments Focusing on Surgery:
Curative, Palliative, VNS, RNS

Speakers | Dr. Mary Zupanc , Chief of Neurology, CHOC/UCI Epilepsy Center  

Dr. Z is back again! She will be discussing epilepsy surgery and who can benefit from surgical interventions. In some cases, surgery can be a cure for Epilepsy.  Epilepsy surgery is a procedure to remove the seizure-producing area of the brain or limit the spread of seizure activity. Curative procedures, such as lobectomy, cortical excision, or hemispherectomy aim to remove the area of the brain (seizure focus) causing seizures. Palliative procedures, such as corpus callosotomy or vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), aim to reduce seizure frequency or severity.                    

  • Do you know what seizure types are treatable by epilepsy surgery?
  • Have you or your child failed more than 2 medications?
  • Do you or your child have focal epilepsy?
  • When does epilepsy surgery offer a chance for a cure?

Epilepsy surgery is an area that continues to grow and can yield positive results in well selected surgical candidates! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about life saving treatment options. 

Lite dinner will be served


Adult Social Gathering | 6-7pm

Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Learn the important facts about epilepsy regarding diagnosis, treatment options, and emergency medications. This valuable information will help you avoid unnecessary mistakes often encountered by those less knowledgeable about epilepsy. Bring your questions! Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club | 7-8:45 pm
Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd

Back to School Goals: | New Year and Making new Friends

****Teens will work together to plan an outing to Sky High

This group focuses on Self Awareness and Esteem, Building and Sustaining Friendships, Social Planning and Social Responsibility.
Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Director | Jackie Wilson
Make your reservation

End of Summer Bash
Craft | Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span.
Circle Time | Circle time with friends we will share the new school year news.

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing. (Childcare for ages 2-13 years)

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August 8, 2014 | Support Group Meeting

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group for Parents & Adults
| 7-8:45 pm

Topic | Epilepsy Medications and Side Effects
from a Pharmacist’s Point of View

Speakers | CHOC, Clinical Education Department of Pharmacy
Grace Lee
, Pharm. D., BCPS
Fionna Lam, Pharm. D.
Jessie Kim, Pharm. D.

Join us as we learn important information about Epilepsy Medications and Side Effects from a Pharmacist’s Point of View.  Our expert speakers with doctorates in pharmacy, Grace Lee, Fionna Lam and Jessie Kim, will be presenting on everything you need to know about epilepsy medications and side effects.   Many people are concerned about epilepsy medications and side effects.  Medication compliance and proper use for maximum benefits will also be addressed.  Whether you are familiar with epilepsy medications or brand new to epilepsy and treatment, you will take away something from this presentation as our speakers share their expert knowledge, years of experience and current research regarding medications specific to you or your child’s epilepsy.  Below are some highlights of the presentation:

  • Anti-epileptic Concepts 101
  • Drug information on the top 17 drugs most commonly used by CHOC
  • Tips on Improving Compliance
  • Drug levels: What are they for?
  • Description of our Services
  • Q and A: AED information questions from attendees

Adult Social Gathering | 6-7pm

Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Learn the important facts about epilepsy regarding diagnosis, treatment options, and emergency medications. This valuable information will help you avoid unnecessary mistakes often encountered by those less knowledgeable about epilepsy. Bring your questions! Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd

Creative Expression Art Project | Show off your creative side through Games and Art. We will continue our planning for the Teen Outing at Sky High.

This group focuses on Self Awareness and Esteem, Building and Sustaining Friendships, Social Planning and Social Responsibility.
Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Director | Jackie Wilson
Make your reservation

Summer Camp Out | Get your pajamas on for the a make believe sleepover with your friends! Bring a sleeping bag/blanket/pillow, play board games and/or watch a movie. We will make and enjoy Pizza and Popcorn.
Craft | Make Dream Catchers, Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span.
Circle Time | Circle time with friends we will share pizza and popcorn.

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing. (Childcare for ages 2-13 years)

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July 11, 2014 | Diagnosing Seizure Types and Syndromes

Topic | Diagnosing Seizure Types and Syndromes
Speaker | Dr. Mary Zupanc
Medical Director, CHOC Epilepsy Program

We are delighted to have Dr. Mary Zupanc, our best attended speaker, discuss diagnosing Seizure Types and Syndromes. Diagnosis directs treatment, therefore, an accurate diagnosis is essential for receiving the most effective treatment to stop seizures. Dr. Zupanc has 30 years of epilepsy experience and ranks among the foremost in the world in epilepsy diagnosis, care and treatment. Anyone, in the diagnostic stage of epilepsy, should attend this important presentation. It will be invaluable in helping you get the care and attention you, or your child, deserve.


Adult Social Hour | 6-7 pm

Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Learn the important facts about epilepsy regarding diagnosis, treatment options, and emergency medications. This valuable information will help you avoid unnecessary mistakes often encountered by those less knowledgeable about epilepsy. Bring your questions! Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd

Express Yourself | Show off your creative side through Games and Art. Join us and plan the Teen Outing at Sky High

This group focuses on Self Awareness and Esteem, Building and Sustaining Friendships, Social Planning and Social Responsibility.
Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Director | Jackie Wilson
Make your reservation

Summer Camp Out | Join your friends for a friday camp out playing games, making crafts and circle time!
Craft Make a Lantern and Pine Cone Animal Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span.
Circle Time | Circle time with friends we will sing Camp Fire songs and eat Smores!

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing. (Childcare for ages 2-13 years)

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June 13, 2014 | Seizure Recognition & First Aid

Seizure Recognition and First Aid

Speakers | Janna Moore and Meghan Metzger
Time | 7:00 - 8:45 pm

Do you know what to do in case of a prolonged seizure?  Do you know when a seizure turns into a medical emergency?  Who would know what to do if you or your loved one had a seizure?

Keep your family safe this summer and join us this Friday for Seizure Recognition and First Aid.  This is your opportunity to invite family members, friends, neighbors or care takers who may be in the position to respond to a seizure.
  • Summer Seizure Safety (i.e. seizures in water, heat exhaustion)
  • Identifying and removing seizure triggers
  • Helpful tips to manage seizures while traveling or away from home
  • What to do in case of an emergency- Do you have emergency medication?
  • Free Diastat Cases for first 25 callers who RSVP

Presentation will include handouts, video and demonstrations with medical manikin.  Reduce your stress level to make your summer and vacations truly enjoyable.  Don’t wait for an emergency to make a plan! 

Don’t miss our Epilepsy Walk 2014 Appreciation and Celebration dinner with cake!! Fundraising Total Reveal at celebration. Make your reservation.


Adult Social Hour | 6-7 pm

Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Learn the important facts about epilepsy regarding diagnosis, treatment options, and emergency medications. This valuable information will help you avoid unnecessary mistakes often encountered by those less knowledgeable about epilepsy. Bring your questions! Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd

This group focuses on Self Awareness and Esteem, Building and Sustaining Friendships, Social Planning and Social Responsibility.
Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Director | Jackie Wilson
Make your reservation

Summer Luau Find out how low you can Limbo.

Craft | Make a flower lei. Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span.

Circle Time | Circle time with friends will share ideas for fun a summer while sharing a yummy fruit bowl.

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing. (Childcare for ages 2-13 years)

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May 17, 2014 | Epilepsy Walk Orange County

We ask that you save this date, Saturday, May 17, 2014. Together we will share another wonderful day with our friends and families! Read more...

Epilepsy Walk OC
Visit our Fundraising website at
www.epilepsywalkoc.kintera.org



Like our Epilepsy Walk OC Facebook Page


DOWNLOAD FORMS

Sponsor Form/Registration

Corporate Sponsor Forms
Silent Auction Letter
Wish List Form

Event Poster, 11 x 17"
Event Flyer, 8.5 x 11"

May 9, 2014 | Social Security Disability and SSI

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group
for Parents and Adults
| 7-8:45 pm

Topic | Social Security Disability and SSI
Speaker | Ethan K. Pham, Attorney at Law

Find out whether you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits and the process and criteria used to determine eligibility.

Mr. Pham is a board member and past chairman of the Social Security Section of the Orange County Bar. He will discuss what a claimant needs to get approved for Social Security Disability and SSI. The discussion will focus on claimants with seizures.

    Presentation will include:
  • What is Social Security Disability and SSI
  • Who qualifies as disabled
  • Epilepsy as a disabling condition according to SSA
  • 5-step sequential evaluation process
    in determining disability
  • What to expect when filing for disability

Make your reservation.


Adult Social Hour | 6-7 pm

Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Learn the important facts about epilepsy regarding diagnosis, treatment options, and emergency medications. This valuable information will help you avoid unnecessary mistakes often encountered by those less knowledgeable about epilepsy. Bring your questions! Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd

This group focuses on Self Awareness and Esteem, Building and Sustaining Friendships, Social Planning and Social Responsibility.
Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Director | Jackie Wilson
Make your reservation

Warm up for the Walk

Wear comfortable clothing (sweats) we are doing yoga!

Then, at circle time we will give friends a turn to tell us a little about their team while sharing a healthy snack. I am also going to bring a simple craft to make for mother's day...


Craft | Customize a water bottle and make a small gift for Mom! Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span.

Circle Time | we will give friends a turn to tell us a little about their team while sharing a healthy snack. Kids will be playing games and activities focusing on cold weather fun!

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing.

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April 27, 2014 | Tune in to 100.3fm

Epilepsy: We are Talking about it and Walking about it! 

Tune in to The Sound, 100.3, Southern California’s Classic Rock Radio this Sunday morning, April 27th, at 7:30 am, as Janna Moore, Exec. Dir. of Epilepsy Support Network and Dr. Lily Tran, Pediatric Epileptologist at CHOC, Talk about living your best life while facing epilepsy. Listen in the Cloud

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April 11, 2014 | Epilepsy and Emotional Health

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group
for Parents
| 7-8:45 pm

Topic | Epilepsy and Emotional Health
Speaker | Dr. Grace Mucci, Director, CHOC Pediatric Psychology
Dr. Jonathan Romain, Neuropsychologist
Dr. Amy Veenstra, Neuropsychologist Fellow

We are delighted to have three neuropsychologists presenting this Friday evening.  Dr. Mucci's team will help us better understand the most common co-morbidities seen in pediatric (including teen, young adult, adult) epilepsy; Behavioral Issues, Anxiety, Depression, ADD, Impulsivity, Emotional Lability, etc...  The Neuropsychology team will  help parents recognize these conditions and also explain when to seek treatment for the conditions.  We will also learn how to find professionals who are qualified to treat the co-morbidities of epilepsy.  Join us and learn how to support your child's emotional health.  Make your reservation.


EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group
for Adults
| 7-8:45 pm

Topic | Employment and Epilepsy: Overcoming Obstacles
Speaker | Lloyd Saposnek,
Disability Specialist, One Stop Center

Mr. Saposnek will discuss the definition of a disability and how to use your abilities to outweigh and overcome obstacles facing individuals with epilepsy as they pursue meaningful employment. The primary objective of the Disability Program Navigator is to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. 


Adult Social Hour | 6-7 pm


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Learn the important facts about epilepsy regarding diagnosis, treatment options, and emergency medications. This valuable information will help you avoid unnecessary mistakes often encountered by those less knowledgeable about epilepsy. Bring your questions! Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd

Spring Break - Conversations and Plans
Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Director | Jackie Wilson
Make your reservation

Craft | Hop on Over and Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span.

Circle Time | Kids will be playing games and activities focusing on cold weather fun!

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing.

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March 14, 2014 | Dietary Therapies for Epilepsy and More!!!

Dietary Therapies for Epilepsy

Join us and learn about the latest therapeutic diets helping to control seizures.  

Speaker | Dr. Lily Tran
Pediatric Epileptologist, CHOC
Time | 7:00 - 8:45 pm

Dr. Lily Tran will discuss the Ketogenic Diet, Low Glycemic Index Diet (LGID), Modified Atkins and Atkins Diet.  How do they help seizure control? What seizure types/syndromes respond best to dietary therapies?  When is it time to consider the Ketogenic diet or another dietary therapy?  What are the side effects?  All this and more, will be discussed as well as a Q and A period following the presentation.  Make your reservation.
 

Adult Social Gathering
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Join us and meet other adults with epilepsy to share experiences, answer questions and meet new friends! Precedes the Educational Support Group.


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Learn the important facts about epilepsy regarding diagnosis, treatment options, and emergency medications. This valuable information will help you avoid unnecessary mistakes often encountered by those less knowledgeable about epilepsy. Bring your questions! Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd

St. Patricks Day PartyWear Green! Play games and discuss how to increase your luck. Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Provider | Jackie Wilson
Make your reservation

Lucky Night! Wear Green!  "Try Your Luck Bingo," and make a craft Enjoy Shamrock shaped PB&J and rainbow fruit skewers.

Craft | Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span.

Circle Time | Why do You Feel Lucky?

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing.

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March 8, 2014 | UC Irvine Health Epilepsy Symposium

9th Annual
UC Irvine Health
Epilepsy Symposium

ESNOC is pleased to promote the 9th Annual Epilepsy Symposium Epilepsy Therapy: From Breakthroughs to Patient Care.  

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Jacqueline A. French, MD
Professor, Department of Neurology
Director of Translational Research & Clinical
Trials, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
NYU Langone Medical Center
President of the American Epilepsy Society

Elizabeth A. Thiele, MD, PhD
Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Program
Director, Carol and James Herscot Center for
Tuberous Sclerosis Complex
Massachusetts General Hospital
Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical
School, Boston, MA

The Westin South Coast Plaza
686 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa, California
Registration, 7:30am
$25 Patient/Family member

RSVP early to UCI in order to get a seat as this event does reach full capacity. This year’s registration will be handled “online” for those paying with a credit card. Registration online

For more information, call 714-456-7200, email lgumser@uci.eduDownload brochure/registration form for registering by mail or fax.

Sponsored by

Please share this invitation with your with your doctors/medical team (pediatricians, primary care physicians, neurologists, OBGYN, psychologists, School Nurses, etc…)  to enhance the quality of life for individuals with epilepsy.  

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February 14, 2014 | Be Our Valentine!

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group
for Parents and Adults
| 7-8:45 pm

Be Our Valentine!

We have thought of everything you need for a perfect Valentine’s evening: dinner, chocolates, sparkling cider, masseuses, and even free childcare!

Special Event to Inspire the Valentine in You!
Topic | Nourishing Relationships for Wholehearted Living

Speaker | Dr. Phyllis Larkin
Time | 7:00 - 8:45 pm

Living with epilepsy can wear the best of us down in spirit and attitude. This presentation has been specifically designed to build resiliency for those living with chronic epilepsy. Dr. Larkin will walk us through; courage, compassion, connection and gratitude. Parents of children with epilepsy as well as adults will gain a healthier perspective by improving self compassion, resiliency, gratitude and joy. Make your reservation.
 

Adult Social Gathering: 6-7pm

Topic: Nourishing Relationships for Wholehearted Living
A Mandatory Meeting!

Phyllis LarkinSpeaker: Dr. Phyllis Larkin

Living with epilepsy can wear the best of us down in spirit and attitude. This presentation has been specifically designed to build resiliency for those living with chronic epilepsy. Dr. Larkin will walk us through; courage, compassion, connection and gratitude. Parents of children with epilepsy as well as adults will gain a healthier perspective by improving self compassion, resiliency, gratitude and joy.

Food: Dinner, Chocolates, Sparkling Cider
Valentine Theme - Wear Red!

Location: Harold Wade Education Center
Clinic level 2 of the Parking structure

near CHOC Children's Hospital
Click for CHOC Campus Map

2nd Floor, CHOC West Building
1201 W. La Veta, Orange, CA 92868
Parking: $2.00 w/validation

(You may Enter through main entrance of CHOC or directly to parking structure at Main Street & W. Providence Avenue. Look for ESN Signs)

Adult Social Hour | 6-7 pm


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

If you are seeking information to help you understand your epilepsy diagnosis or are working towards seizure control, attend this informative and comprehensive class.

Epilepsy trajectory
Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinTopic: Date Night with Dr. Larkin
Discuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd

Topic: discussion: Self Esteem and Self Love
Teens will play Valentine Themed Games
Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Provider | Jackie Wilson

Craft | Memory Jar – Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span.

Circle Time | Kids will share their special Valentine – Wear Red!

Valentine Snacks will be provided. Make your reservation

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing.

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January 10, 2014 | News From AES Conference

Come Celebrate, Learn and Live your Best Life!

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group
for Parents and Adults
| 7-8:45 pm

Topic | News From American Epilepsy Society
(AES) Conference-RNS Treatment

Speaker | Dr. Mary Zupanc,
Division Chief of Neurology at CHOC and UCI

Dr. Andrew Mower, Pediatric Epileptologist, CHOC
Dr. Mower will be presenting with Dr. Zupanc. Let’s give him a warm welcome to OC from ESNOC!

You asked for it, you got it - A new location for our meetings, topic of your choice and an entire year of excellent speakers!  Join us a we learn about the latest information on treatments, research and epilepsy news, presented at the American Epilepsy Society’s December Conference. This is always and exciting presentation that brings our members renewed hope for seizure control. Together, let’s resolve to make 2014 a year where we gain better seizure control, improve our quality of life through building independence, increase social connections, and practice gratitude.


Adult Social Hour | 6-7 pm


Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

Special Presentation | Seizure Recognition & First Aid
Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd

New Year Resolution and How to Make It Real
Teens will start the new year with success as their goal. Teens will share their resolutions and Dr. Leath will guide them through the steps necessary to make them real. Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Provider | Jackie Wilson
Make your reservation

Craft | Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span.

Circle Time | Winter Snow Night, kids will be playing games and activities focusing on cold weather fun!

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing.

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December 13, 2013 | Holiday Party

Make the meaning of the season deeper, our friendships stronger and all hopes brighter!

December 13th Support Groups will meet at: First Presbyterian Church of Westminster. Located at 7702 Westminster Bl, Westminster, CA 92683. The fun will begin at 6-9pm.

Please join Epilepsy Support Network staff, board of directors, volunteers and members from all the support groups, and their families for a joyful Holiday Party.

There will be pasta dinner, warm drinks, a visit from Santa, collectible wooden toys for the children, teen scavenger hunt, Santa’s Craft Workshop, dessert table, holiday raffle, special gift for adults with epilepsy and parents (1 per family). Does your child/teen have a talent to share? If so, sign them up for our Winter Talent Show for Kids and Teens.

If you would like to bring Holiday Raffle Item, dessert or water, it will be greatly appreciated.

Please, RSVP to this event so we can have plenty for everyone!

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November 8, 2013 | Talk with the Docs
Talk to the Doc Event at CHOC Harold Wade Education Center
CHOC West Clinic Bldg., 2nd Floor
1201 W. La Veta Ave 
Orange, CA 92868 (map)

In celebration of Epilepsy Awareness Month, A One Stop Event. Meet Orange County's finest epilepsy specialists and bring your questions. You won't want to miss this opportunity!

CHOC Children Neuroscience Institute
Dr. Mary Zupanc, Epileptologist
Dr. Lilly Tran, Neurologist
Aliza Riba, MSN, RN, CPNP; Epilepsy Surgery Coordinator

CHOC Neuropsychology Team
Grace Mucci, PhD, ABPdN
Jonathon Romain, PhD
Courtney Malave, Social Worker

CHOC Pharmacology
Dr. Grace Lee, Clinical Educator, Department of Pharmacy
Dr. Katy Tu, Clinical Educator, Ambulatory Pharmacy Manager

UCI Adult Epilepsy Center
Dr. Lilit Manatsakanyan, Adult Epileptologist
Sohayla Kharrat, Nurse Manager
Virginia Mansanto, RN

UCI Genetic Center
Dr. Neda Zadeh

Featuring an Epilepsy Panel Discussion
  • Medical Marijuana (CBD) Dr. Mary Zupanc
  • Psychogenic Seizures, Dr. Grace Mucci
  • Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy Patients (SUDEP) Panel
  • Q&A, Bring your questions for our specialists

Take my reservation

Please note: FFC - Childcare reservations for this meeting are MANDATORY.


Other Meetings and Activities this same night...

Epilepsy 101 | Canceled for this meeting.

Emotional Support Group for Parents | Canceled for this meeting.

Teen Club | 6:00-9:00 pm
Teens will be discussing an “Attitude of Gratitude” with Jennifer Leath, PsyD

Friday Friend's Club (formerly Childcare) | 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Reservations are mandatory. Please reserve early.

Epilepsy Spirit Tables Donate to epilepsy awareness and receive Purple Pins for family, teachers, etc.

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November 7, 2013 | Disneyland, Epilepsy Awareness Day

Support Epilepsy Awareness

We are among the epilepsy partners involved in this special Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland. Help us bring epilepsy out of the shadows by joining ESNOC families for a "fun filled-day of inclusion."

Thursday, November 7
Disneyland Resort in Anaheim

Get more information.

October 11, 2013 | Affordable Care Act

Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

If you are seeking information to help you understand your epilepsy diagnosis or are working towards seizure control, attend this informative and comprehensive class.

Epilepsy trajectory
Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group
for Parents and Adults
| 7-8:30 pm

Topic | Affordable Care Act - What You Need to Know about your Insurance Options 
Speaker | Christina Martinez,
Manager of Marketing and Outreach, CalOptima

Are you considering enrolling in insurance through the Affordable Care Act but need to learn more about your options? This is the meeting for you. October is open enrollment and we have booked an expert speaker to help guide you through the  many insurance choices.  How do you choose an insurance option if you are specifically seeking an epileptologist? Join us and learn how to accomplish this important goal. Just how much will the "peace of mind" of having insurance cost you? That is a question we will answer.


Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd

This month's meeting is all Fall Fun Games!
Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Provider | Jackie Wilson
Make your reservation

Craft | Young goblins will be making masks and treat bags.
Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span.

Circle Time | Wear you costume for our annual Halloween Parade.  RSVP early for this popular ghostly gathering.

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing.

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September 13, 2013 | Epilepsy and Emotional Health

Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

If you are seeking information to help you understand your epilepsy diagnosis or are working towards seizure control, attend this informative and comprehensive class.

Epilepsy trajectory
Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group
for Parents and Adults
| 7-8:30 pm

Topic | Epilepsy and Emotional Health 
Speakers | Dr. Grace Mucci, Director, CHOC Pediatric Psychology

Drs. Jonathan Romain,Neuropsychologist and Amy Veenstra, Neuropsychologist Fellow


We are delighted to have three neuropsychologists presenting this Friday evening.  Dr. Mucci's team will help us better understand the most common co-morbidities seen in pediatric (including teen, young adult, adult) epilepsy; Behavioral Issues, Anxiety, Depression, ADD, Impulsivity, Emotional Lability, etc...  The Neuropsychology team will  help parents recognize these conditions and also explain when to seek treatment for the conditions.  We will also learn how to find professionals who are qualified to treat the co-morbidities of epilepsy.  Join us and learn how to support your child's emotional health.   


Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd

It is improving communication. Reading nonverbal cues and listening skills. Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Providers | Jackie Wilson

Craft | Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span.

  • Book | Friends will be asked to recall fun questions about the book to improve comprehension.

Circle Time | Open Topic - kids can share what's on his or her mind. This is a great opportunity for them to express feelings and get positive feedback.

  • Story and Share Time, encouraging leadership, fostering listening, developing speaking skills and building confidence while working on impulsivity control.
     

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing.

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August 12, 2013 | Constable Classic Charity Golf Tournament

Huntington Beach Police Officers Foundation has named ESNOC as this year's beneficiary of their Charity Golf Tournament, Constable Classic.

Monday, August 12, 2013
Seacliff Country Club, Huntington Beach
Details to come.

There are many opportunities to contribute to this fundraising event through Corporate Sponsorships, Golfing, Program Advertising, Silent Auction, Raffles, and Volunteering. Please inquire for more information.

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August 9, 2013 | Expert Speaker Series & More

Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

If you are seeking information to help you understand your epilepsy diagnosis or are working towards seizure control, attend this informative and comprehensive class.

Epilepsy trajectory
Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation.


EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group
for Parents and Adults
| 7-8:30 pm

Topic | Epilepsy Treatments focusing on Surgery 
Speaker | Dr. Mary Zupanc
Chief of Neurology CHOC and UCI

Do you know what seizure types are treatable by epilepsy surgery? Have you tried several epilepsy medications that did not control your seizures? Have you ever considered epilepsy surgery? Please join us and learn from Dr. Zupanc as she discusses epilepsy surgeries for many different types of epilepsy diagnosis. Epilepsy brain surgery is the only scientifically predictable cure for certain focal epilepsies. Every attendee will learn something hopeful about epilepsy surgery and have the opportunity to meet group members who have gone through the surgical process.  

Join us and learn if epilepsy surgery is an option for you or your child.  Dr. Zupanc will talk about the Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS), Deep Brain Stimulation (DBI), Responsive Neurostimulator (RNS), Trigeminal Nerve Stimulator (TNS), Corpus Calosotomy, Hemispherotomy, Multiple Subpial Transections and what the future will look like for epilepsy surgical treatments.


Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd
Activity |

Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Providers | Temre Marsh and Jackie Wilson

Craft | FFC will be putting those fine motor and imagination skills to work with Biggie Beads. The kids love this activity as they can follow a pattern or show off their creativity making his or her own pattern.

  • Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span.

    Book |
    Friends will be asked to recall fun questions about the book to improve comprehension.

Circle Time | Open Topic - kids can share what's on his or her mind. This is a great opportunity for them to express feelings and get positive feedback.

  • Story and Share Time, encouraging leadership, fostering listening, developing speaking skills and building confidence while working on impulsivity control.
     

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing.

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July 12, 2013 | Expert Speaker Series & More

Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

If you are seeking information to help you understand your epilepsy diagnosis or are working towards seizure control, attend this informative and comprehensive class.

Epilepsy trajectory
Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation


EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group for Parents
| 7-8:30 pm

Topic | Epilepsy and Females: Ages and Stages
Speakers | Dr. Mona Sazgar, view resume
Associate Clinical Professor, Neurology
Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

Women diagnosed with epilepsy face unique health issues that include reproductive problems, osteoporosis, excessive weight gain, and sexual dysfunction.

  1. I. Defining Catamenial Epilepsy
    • Infertility & sexual dysfunction
    • Oral contraceptives and seizure medications
  2. II. Pregnancy and Epilepsy
    • Use of seizure medications during pregnancy
    • Benefits of Folic acid supplementation
    • Breast feeding and seizure medications
  3. III. Epilepsy and Menopause
    • Osteoporosis and bone health

EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group for Adults
| 7-8:30 pm

Topic | TBD
Speaker |


Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd
Activity | My Summer Plans

Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Providers | Temre Marsh and Jackie Wilson

Craft | FFC will be putting those fine motor and imagination skills to work with Biggie Beads. The kids love this activity as they can follow a pattern or show off their creativity making his or her own pattern.

  • Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span.

    Book |
    Friends will be asked to recall fun questions about the book to improve comprehension.

Circle Time | Open Topic - kids can share what's on his or her mind. This is a great opportunity for them to express feelings and get positive feedback.

  • Story and Share Time, encouraging leadership, fostering listening, developing speaking skills and building confidence while working on impulsivity control.
     

In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing.

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June 14, 2013 | Expert Speaker Series & More

Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

If you are seeking information to help you understand your epilepsy diagnosis or are working towards seizure control, attend this informative and comprehensive class.

Epilepsy trajectory
Make your reservation
Childcare available upon request


Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation


EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
Educational Support Group for Adults & Parents
| 7-8:30 pm
Neda Zadeh M.D. is a medical geneticist in the Division of Medical Genetics at CHOC Childrens’ Hospital, and the Associate Director of the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory at Genetics Center.
Topic | Epilepsy and Genetics- What role do Genes Play?
Speaker | Dr. Neda Zadeh,
Medical Geneticist, CHOC Director, Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory at Genetics Center
Time | 7:00 - 8:30 pm

When your child, teen or spouse is diagnosed with epilepsy one of the first questions you might ask is "What caused this and could it be genetic?" Epilepsy is not a single disorder but a collection of many disorders that all have one thing in common-seizures. What do we know about the genetics of epilepsy? What tests are available? What epilepsies are familial? If you have these questions, join us as we welcome our expert speaker, Dr. Neda Zadeh, and learn about the most common genetic tests for epilepsy.

Dr. Zadeh will discuss the following tests; SCN1A, Microarray and Exome Sequencing. This is a very exciting time for genetic research in helping to explain the many causes of epilepsy. Dr. Zadeh specializes in the diagnosis and management of genetic syndromes.  Download bio.

Make your reservation now or call 714-916-0456


Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd
Activity | Stress and Summer Activity Planning

A teens life can be very stressful.  Sometimes it is avoidable and other times it is unavoidable but not all stress is bad.  We will work on how to identify avoidable vs unavoidable stress, differentiate between good and bad stress and how to manage some types of stress.  We will also discuss planning another activity outside of the group.  Teens will have to come up with ideas and take on responsibilities to make the activity happen.

Make your reservation


Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
Chidcare Providers | Temre Marsh and Jackie Wilson

Craft | Self Image: Tracing Self Portraits

  • Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span.

    Book | Last Day of School: Summer Vacation
    Friends will be asked to recall fun questions about the book to improve comprehension.

  • Circle Time | Friends will take turns sharing his or her personal goals.

  • Story and Share Time, encouraging leadership, fostering listening, developing speaking skills and building confidence while working on impulsivity control.
     
  • In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing.

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    May 18, 2013 | Epilepsy Walk Orange County

    Epilepsy Walk Orange County

    We ask that you save this day, May 18, 2013 for another wonderful day for our friends and families! Read more


    Visit our Facebook Page for this event

    Visit our Fundraising website at
    www.epilepsywalkoc.kintera.org

    Corporate Sponsor Forms
    Silent Auction Letter

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    May 10, 2013 | Expert Speaker Series & More

    Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

    If you are seeking information to help you understand your epilepsy diagnosis or are working towards seizure control, attend this informative and comprehensive class.

    Epilepsy trajectory
    Make your reservation
    Childcare available upon request


    Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

    Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation


    EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
    Educational Support Group for Parents and Adults
    Friday | 7-8:30 pm

    Topic | Pediatric Epilepsy and Sleep
    Speaker | Dr. Anjalee W. Galion, CHOC Children's Specialists - Neurology

    Sleep problems are among the most critical problems facing people with epilepsy. You may be unaware of the seizures that occur during your or your child's sleep. People with epilepsy have been shown to suffer a significantly higher rate of sleep disturbance which can be associated with greater social and attention problems. Because lack of sleep is a trigger for seizures, achieving healthy sleep on a regular basis is essential for improving the quality of life.

    Learn about the importance of and how to get to healthy sleep. Dr. Galion, who has studied the relationship between sleep and epilepsy, will discuss the common sleep issues and cover related topics such as melatonin and medications that can affect sleep.

    Childcare available upon request, make your reservation


    Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
    Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd
    Activity | Choices

    Teens are confronted with daily decisions that can have a lasting, if not lifetime, impact. Often times it can be difficult for them to see the cause-and-effect relationship with the choices they face. Dr. Leath will lead the discussion on general motivations, the fears of making decisions, and how to process information and emotions to choose what is "right." Teens will have the support of their teen club friends to reflect on their past personal situations, the outcomes, and how they would handle the same scenario now.

    Make your reservation


    Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
    A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
    Chidcare Providers | Temre Marsh and Jackie Wilson

    Craft | Mom's Day Appreciation Card and Bouquet

    • Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span.

      Book | (It's A Surprise)
      Friends will be asked to recall fun questions about the book to improve comprehension.

    Circle Time | Friends will take turns sharing what's on their mind.

    • Story and Share Time, encouraging leadership, fostering listening, developing speaking skills and building confidence while working on impulsivity control.
       

    In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing.

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    April 12, 2013 | Expert Speaker Series & More

    Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

    If you are seeking information to help you understand your epilepsy diagnosis or are working towards seizure control, attend this informative and comprehensive class.

    Epilepsy trajectory
    Make your reservation
    Childcare available upon request


    Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

    Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation


    EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
    Educational Support Group for Parents | 7-8:30 pm

    Topic | Epilepsy and Autism - How they are Connected
    Speakers | Drs. Donnelly and Mary Zupanc

    Join us as we bring together two distinguished experts in their fields: Autism and Epilepsy. They will discuss the commonalities in Epilepsy and Autism and begin the conversation on the importance of experts working together to better serve the 30% of children with autism who will also be diagnosed with epilepsy.

    Childcare available upon request, make your reservation
    Download pdf flyer


    EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES
    Educational Support Group for Adults | 7-8:30 pm

    Topic | Employment and Epilepsy: Overcoming Obstacles
    Speaker | Lloyd Saposnek, Disability Specialist, One Stop Center

    Mr. Saposnek will dicuss the definition of a disability and how to use your abilities to outweigh and overcome obstacles facing individuals with epilepsy as they pursue meaningful employment. The primary objective of the Disability Program Navigator is to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

    Childcare available upon request, make your reservation
    Download pdf flyer


    Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
    Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd
    Activity | The Conversation Game

    Make your reservation


    Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
    A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
    Chidcare Providers | Temre Marsh and Jackie Wilson

    Craft | Planting Flowers

  • Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span.

    Book | A Book on Spring
    Friends will be asked to recall fun questions about the book to improve comprehension.

  • Circle Time | Friends will take turns sharing what's on their mind.

  • Story and Share Time, encouraging leadership, fostering listening, developing speaking skills and building confidence while working on impulsivity control.
     
  • In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing.

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    Blue Moon in April - Third Party Fundraiser

    April is a great month to shop! Blue Moon Boutique is a philanthropic boutique carrying unique and creative products. Thanks to ESNOC member, Deena Flores, ESNOC is the charity chosen to receive a portion of April's sales.

    Blue Moon Boutique
    5256 Lampson Avenue,
    W. Garden Grove, CA 92845

    www.BlueMoonCares.com

    Mon-Thurs, 10-7pm,
    Fri & Sat 10-6pm, closed Sunday

    Patti Blake is the owner of Blue Moon Boutique. Patti's vision for Blue Moon is to not only provide clients with classic and beautiful styles but to also make a positive difference in the community.

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    March 23, 2013 | Teen Club Bowl-a-Rama

    Bowl-a-Rama!

    Saturday, 6-7:30 pm
    BowlMor Lanes in the District
    2405 Park Avenue, Tustin 92782

    Teens! Call your Teen Club friends and tell them you'll meet the at BOWLMOR because it is so much more fun with the Teen Club.

    Parents are invited to drop off their teen with Jennifer Leath, PsyD who will help put the social skills practice into play. Teens will enjoy the Teen Club friendships, pizza and soda, and an hour and a half of bowling.

    We are asking for a $20 per person donation that includes all the above. Please, rsvp at your earliest convenience.

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    March 10, 2013 | Mom's Night Out

    For Mom's of Children with Epilepsy
    Time | Sunday, March 10, 4 pm
    Location | Denise Wada's home, downtown Huntington Beach
    Address will be provided with rsvp.

    Come share a much needed evening with the girls! Come and be catered to with appetizers, adult beverages and a light supper. This is a day to lift your spirits with a supportive and casual group. Phyllis Larkin will be joining those who would like an hour, 5-6 pm, of group therapy. In addition, we will have a massage therapist on site to help smooth out stress points. Please, join us as we relax among new and old friends, sharing, learning and helping each other along this epilepsy journey.

    Contact Jill Foster so we can know you are coming.

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    March 8, 2013 | Educational/Support Group Meetings

    Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

    If you are seeking information to help you understand your epilepsy diagnosis or are working towards seizure control, attend this informative and comprehensive class.

    Epilepsy trajectory
    Make your reservation
    Childcare available upon request


    Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

    Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation


    Educational Support Group for Parents | 7-8:30 pm

    Topic | Maximizing Your Child's Potential
    Speakers | Speech and Language Development Center

    Trish Pfeiffer SLP
    Occupational Therapy, Jerry Lindquist, PhD. OTR
    Physical Therapy, Sally McClellen, PT
    Counseling (individual and family), David Cavenaugh
    Social Skills Groups (all ages-children through adulthood)

    This month's expert speakers join us from Speech and Language Development Center (SLDC). Servicing the special needs community for over fifty years, their mission is to assist children and adults with special needs, maximize their potential through education and therapy provided in an environment nurturing growth and inspiring achievement.
    We have FOUR experts, one in each field, who will explain how to assess for deficits and how therapies help children reach their best potential for academic success and independence. The presentation will conclude with a Q and A. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation


    Educational Support Group for Adults | 7-8:30 pm

    Topic | Memory Techniques that Really Work
    Speaker | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

    Memory is our ability to store, retain, encode and subsequently recall information and experiences in the human brain. Not only is it related to learning but it is the process that gets us through our day-to-day lives. So, if your memory is playing tricks on you, get the upperhand with our expert, Phyllis Larkin. Larkin will explain the different types of memory and provide memory tools to enhance your ability to learn new information and improve your memory. Just as important, Larkin will speak about how to best to handle the disappointment when our memory goes on the blink. Childcare available upon request, make your reservation


    Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
    Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd
    Activity |Making Your Own Luck

    Jennifer Leath, PsyD will discuss nine ways to improve completion of tasks, leading to better success. With a little bit of skill and a different way of doing things, Teens will learn how to improve their “luck.” And, with a little luck they make the teens will play a St Patricks Day game. Make your reservation


    Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
    A childcare program for parents attending our meetings
    Chidcare Providers | Temre Marsh and Jackie Wilson

    Craft | A Pot of Gold

  • Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span.

    Book | St. Patty's Day
    Friends will be asked to recall fun questions about the book to improve comprehension.

  • Circle Time | Friends will take turns sharing what he or she would do if they found a pot of gold? or what's at the end of a rainbow?

  • Story and Share Time, encouraging leadership, fostering listening, developing speaking skills and building confidence while working on impulsivity control.
     
  • In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing.

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    February 23, 2013 | UC Irvine's 8th Epilepsy Symposium

    Epilepsy in Modern Life:
    Classic and Alternative Approaches

    Saturday, February 23, 2013
    Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach
    21500 Pacific Coast Highway, HB CA 92648
    Patients/Families $30 Registration
    phone | 714-456-8223
    fax | 714-456-7451
    email | elena@uci.edu

    UC Irvine's 8th annual Epilepsy Symposium is designed for primary care and internal medicine physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, nurses, all allied healthcare professionals, and patients and their families, who are seeking the most current understanding of practice and treatment for people with epilepsy.

    ...the overachieving goal of the symposium is to provide insight and strategy to enhance the quality of life and cognitive function of people with epilepsy. Download Symposium flyer

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    February 8, 2013 | Educational/Support Group Meetings

    Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

    If you are seeking information to help you understand your epilepsy diagnosis or are working towards seizure control, attend this informative and comprehensive class.

    Epilepsy trajectory
    Make your reservation
    Childcare available upon request


    Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

    Phyllis LarkinDiscuss your issues with our licensed psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin, in a safe and supportive environment. This is a free, one-hour session among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Make your reservation Childcare available upon request.


    Educational Support Group for Parents | 7-8:30 pm
    Educational Support Group for Adults | 7-8:30 pm

    Topic | Understanding the EEG, MRI, PET
    and other Epilepsy Diagnostics Tests

    Speaker | Dr. Mary Zupanc
    Chief of Neurology, Pediatric Epileptologist,CHOC UCI

    The most important diagnostic test for epilepsy is the electroencephalogram (EEG). This painless procedure is the most useful test in confirming a diagnosis of epilepsy and discerning what seizure type or types are occuring. It provides a patient's epileptologist or neurologist a record of activity occuring in the brain. Dr. Zupanc will explain how this valuable information helps her diagnose seizure types and syndromes. She will also explain how other neuro diagnostic tests, MRI, PET and MEG are combined with the EEG, and used to determine a diagnosis.

    Location | HOAG Hospital, Irvine
    16200 Sand Canyon Avenue
    Irvine, CA, 92618
    Please rsvp by email or call 714-916-0456


    Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
    Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, Psyd
    Activity | Valentines Fun & Games

    Valentines is a fun month with the cherub cupids flying around. Dr. Leath will work in self esteem issues and the teens will be so smitten, they won't know it. The goals of Feb is to identify 2-3 areas in which a teen is unsatisfied or unhappy with and figure out a way to reframe in a positive way as a means to boast self-esteem.  The teens will help each other to identify positives about the issue or come up with positives about the person.

    Here is an example
    Complaint: I'm short.
    Positive: You still might grow taller (if male) or You're not short, you're petite (if female).  We can help each other focus less on issues which they cannot control (such as height) and learn to focus more on areas they can.


    Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
    Chidcare Providers | Temre Marsh and Jackie Wilson

    Craft | Valentine's tissue hearts and noodle necklaces

  • Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span.

    Book | Valentine Story
    A fun and silly book that all kids love. Friends will be asked to recall fun questions about the book to improve comprehension.
  • Circle Time | Friends will take turns sharing who his or her special valentine is and what makes that person important to them.

  • Story and Share Time, encouraging leadership, fostering listening, developing speaking skills and building confidence while working on impulsivity control.
     
  • In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing.

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    February 2, 2013 | CHOC My Tower Special Event

    Join CHOC for their highly anticipated inside look at the new CHOC Children’s patient care tower.

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

    Dedication Ceremony | 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
    Community Festival and Celebration | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Reserve your spot by January 25, 2013

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    January 11, 2013 | Educational/Support Group Meetings

    Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

    If you are seeking information to help you understand your epilepsy diagnosis or are working towards seizure control, attend this informative and comprehensive class.

    Epilepsy trajectory
    Make your reservation
    Childcare available upon request


    Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

    Phyllis LarkinSpend an hour among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Every family is unique but they can often share the same situations: behavioral/disciplinary issues, lack of support from spouses, family members not understanding medically fragile child, physical and emotional exhaustion, sibling relationships and even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We invite you to speak with Dr. Larkin in a safe and supportive environment. Make your reservation Childcare available upon request.


    Dr. Tracy Salazar will be reporting on the American Epilepsy Society (AES) annual conference, held in San Diego, CA.

    Speaker | Tracy Salazar, PhD
    Epilepsy Research Scientist
    Board of Director, Epilepsy Support Network; Research Review Board, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE)

    A report from AES 2012Epilepsy can be caused by many things including trauma, lack of oxygen, tumors, brain malformations, stroke, infections, nerve degeneration, and genetic defects, but in 70% of patients the cause is still unknown. There is a huge push to change this fact and identify the cause of every person's epilepsy. But we won't stop there. Once we've identified the cause, how are we going to prevent or fix it? This presentation will present highlights from AES 2012 on the progress we are making in finding the causes and cures for epilepsy.

    Location | HOAG Hospital, Irvine
    16200 Sand Canyon Avenue
    Irvine, CA, 92618
    Please rsvp by email or call 714-916-0456

    The American Epilepsy Society is one of the oldest neurological professional organizations in this country. The Society seeks to promote interdisciplinary communications, scientific investigation and exchange of clinical information about epilepsy. Membership consists of clinicians, scientists investigating basic and clinical aspects of epilepsy, and other professionals interested in seizure disorders. Members represent both pediatric and adult aspects of epilepsy. The American Epilepsy Society’s Annual Meeting features symposia, lectures, poster presentations and exhibitions. The AES Annual Meeting provides an open forum for members to communicate and disseminate current findings in the field of epilepsy.


    Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
    Facilitator | Jennifer Leath Psyd
    Activity | Getting the Year Started Right:
    Strengthen your most important muscle with Brain Games

    Play along with other teens as we do brain exercises/games to demonstrate thinking skills such as planning, abstract thinking, and flexibility. The Teen Club promotes Self Awareness and Esteem, Building and Sustaining Friendships, Social Planning and Social Responsibility.


    Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
    Chidcare Providers | Temre Marsh and Jackie Wilson

    FOR THIS MEETING:

    Biggy Beads are back! This is a favorite as friends show extreme concentration and fine motor skills as they lay down their patterns. Taking it home is a tangible memory of your child's time spent among friends.
  • Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span.

    Book: I Like Being Me
    A fun and silly book that all kids love. Friends will be asked to recall fun questions about the book to improve comprehension.
  • Circle Time: Friends will take turns telling the circle about his/her holiday vacation and/or sharing the new year's goals.

  • Story and Share Time, encouraging leadership, fostering listening, developing speaking skills and building confidence while working on impulsivity control.
  • In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing.

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    2012 Calendar - Support Groups

    ESNOC's 2012 goal is to get our members seizure control. The topics, with expert speakers, will address the issues essential to controlling your epilepsy. Your monthly attendance will keep you focused and will further our community of informed, encouraged and inspired members. Our Goal is Seizure Control!

    Adult and Parent Educational
    Support Group Topics | 7-8:30 pm

    Download Calendar

    EWOC 2012

    More information will become available. Sign up on our email list and we will send you updated information.

    NEW LOCATION | Hoag Hospital, Irvine
    16200 Sand Canyon Avenue
    Irvine, CA, 92618
    949/764-HOAG (4624)

    Download Map

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    December 14, 2012 | Holiday Party

    Please join the staff, board of directors, volunteers and members from all the support groups and their families for a joyful holiday social. The fun will begin at 6:00 pm through 9:00 pm. Invitations will be in the mail late November. View the email invitation.

    Holiday Party

    If you would like to bring raffle items, appetizer, dessert or water, it will be greatly appreciated. Please RSVP to this event so we can have plenty for everyone!

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    November 9, 2012 | Talk with the Epilepsy Docs

    Epilepsy 101 | CANCELED this meeting
    Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

    If you are seeking information to help you understand your epilepsy diagnosis or are working towards seizure control, attend this informative and comprehensive class.

    Epilepsy trajectory
    Make your reservation
    Childcare available upon request


    Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | To be determined, Dr. Larkin will not be available this meeting

    Spend an hour among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Every family is unique but they can often share the same situations: behavioral/disciplinary issues, lack of support from spouses, family members not understanding medically fragile child, physical and emotional exhaustion, sibling relationships and even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
    Make your reservation Please note: Childcare reservations for this meeting are MANDATORY.


    Talk with the Epilepsy Docs | 6-9pm
    Speaker | Doctors from the OC Epilepsy Centers

    This month's meeting we will celebrate Epilepsy Awareness Month! Come meet and speak with local representatives of various epilepsy resources.

    A light Supper will be provided by Lundbeck.

    HOAG Neurosciences:
    Jason Muir, MD Neurologist
    Richard Kim MD, MS, Medical Director, Epilepsy Center
    Andrew Ly, MD, Neurologist
    Barbara Swartz, MD, Epileptologist
    Stephannie Moore, PsyD, ABPN, Neuropsychologist
    Minh Thu Le, PhD, Neuropsychologist

    UCI Comprehensive Epilepsy Program:
    Mona Sazgar, MD, Epileptologist
    Jack Lin, MD, Neurologist
    Lilit Mnatsakanya, MD,Neurology

    CHOC's Children Neuroscience Institute:
    Mary Zupanc, MD, Epileptologist
    Lily Tran, MD, Epileptologist

    CHOC Neuropsychological, Psycho-Social Team:
    Grace Mucci, Ph.D., ABPdN
    Jonathan Romain, PhD
    Courtney Malave, Social Worker
    Lexi Rudd Barnard, Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow

    Make your reservation Please note: Childcare reservations for this meeting are MANDATORY.


    Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
    Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, PsyD
    Activity | Why we are thankful


    Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
    Chidcare Providers | Temre Marsh and Jackie Wilson
    Reservations are MANDATORY for this month's meeting.
    Call 714-916-0456 or email us

    Friday's Friends Club is the new name for ESNOC's childcare because it's the place where we foster friendships in a Safe, Accepting, Playful and Purposeful environment!

      FOR THIS MEETING: TBD

      1. Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span.

      2. Book: TBD
        Circle Time: Circle time is a great way to provide a safe and comfortable environment for the children to share their thoughts and tell their stories.
      3. Story and Share Time, encouraging leadership, fostering listening, developing speaking skills and building confidence while working on impulsivity control.
      4. Marbal Maze and Legos will be available for open ended play, exploring endless possibilities and fine motor skills. Games: Guess Who, Mangela are fun turn-taking games that help improve these skills: cooperation, patience and reasoning.
        Follow the leader, promoting following directions and leadership skills

    In order to best serve the children, RSVPs are MANDATORY by email or call 714-916-0456 before 9/7/2012, to ensure proper staffing.

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    November 1 2012 | Lennox Gastaut Awareness Day
    LGS Foundation is spearheading the first international Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome awareness day. Join thousands of LGS advocates around the world to take part in this important grassroots awareness effort. Learn more about this day!

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    October 12, 2012 | Support Group Meeting

    Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

    If you are seeking information to help you understand your epilepsy diagnosis or are working towards seizure control, attend this informative and comprehensive one-hour class.

    Epilepsy trajectory
    Make your reservation
    Childcare available upon request


    Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

    Phyllis LarkinSpend an hour among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Every family is unique but they can often share the same situations: behavioral/disciplinary issues, lack of support from spouses, family members not understanding medically fragile child, physical and emotional exhaustion, sibling relationships and even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We invite you to speak with Dr. Larkin in a safe and supportive environment.
    Make your reservation Please note: Childcare reservations for this meeting are MANDATORY.


    Educational Support Group for Parents | 7-8:30 pm
    Educational Support Group for Adults | 7-8:30 pm

    Topic | Navigating the Epilepsy Roadmap
    Speaker | Dr. Lily Tran, CHOC Children's Specialist in Neurology

    October's speaker, Dr. Mary Zupanc, explained how the diagnostic process works for getting an accuarate diagnosis. Because moving from diagnosis to seizure control can be a time consuming and challenging journey. This presentation is a must if you are seeking the best epilepsy outcomes.

    Dr. Lily Tran, Pediatric Epileptologist, CHOC, will navigate us through the epilepsy road map, with the destination being seizure control, based on the standards of treatment. For the 30-40% of individuals that are not experiencing seizure improvement or control, it is imperative to seek treatment by an epileptologist at a comprehensive epilepsy center. Here is your chance to learn from a very experienced epileptologist from a Level IV epilepsy center.

      Here are some of the questions to be answered:
    • Do you need to see an epileptologist in addition to your neurologist? Are you unsure about your diagnosis?
    • Have you had all the right diagnostic testing?
    • Are you on the right medication? How long do you wait to see if medications will work?
    • What do you do if the medication does not work?

    ...What is your next step for seizure control? Dr. Tran will present an algorithm that will help you get back on the road to a seizure free destination.

    Make your reservation Please note: Childcare reservations for his meeting are MANDATORY.


    Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
    Facilitator | Jenniffer Manavi, MFT
    Activity |


    Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
    Chidcare Providers | Temre Marsh and Jackie Wilson
    Reservations are required.
    Call 714-916-0456 or email us before 10/9

    Friday's Friends Club is the new name for ESNOC's childcare because it's the place where we foster friendships in a Safe, Accepting, Playful and Purposeful environment!

      FOR THIS MEETING: Halloween Suprise and Parade.  We will be crafting paper ghosts to hang as Halloween decorations and enjoying a trick or treat!

      1. Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span.

      2. Circle Time: Cilrcle time will be sharing our costumes and best Halloween stories.  Circle time is a great way to provide a safe and comfortable environment for the children to share their thoughts and tell their stories.
      3. Story and Share Time, encouraging leadership, fostering listening, developing speaking skills and building confidence while working on impulsivity control.
      4. Marbal Maze and Legos will be available for open ended play, exploring endless possibilities and fine motor skills. Games: Guess Who, Mangela are fun turn-taking games that help improve these skills: cooperation, patience and reasoning.
        Follow the leader, promoting following directions and leadership skills

    In order to best serve the children, RSVPs are required by email or call 714-916-0456 before 10/9/2012, to ensure proper staffing.

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    September 14, 2012 | Support Group Meeting

    Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

    If you are seeking information to help you understand your epilepsy diagnosis or are working towards seizure control, attend this informative and comprehensive class.

    Epilepsy trajectory
    Make your reservation
    Childcare available upon request


    Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

    Phyllis LarkinSpend an hour among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Every family is unique but they can often share the same situations: behavioral/disciplinary issues, lack of support from spouses, family members not understanding medically fragile child, physical and emotional exhaustion, sibling relationships and even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We invite you to speak with Dr. Larkin in a safe and supportive environment.
    Make your reservation Please note: Childcare reservations for this meeting are MANDATORY.


    Educational Support Group for Parents | 7-8:30 pm
    Educational Support Group for Adults | 7-8:30 pm

    Topic | Classification of Seizure Disorders
    Speaker | Dr. Zupanc, Director of CHOC Epilepsy Center

    Classifying seizure disorders and syndromes is the most important step in an accurately diagnosing and then determining the most appropriate treatment.

    Classification is based on an accumulation of facts determined thorugh; EEG, neuroimaging, age of seizure onset, seizure type(s), medical history and evaluation. Many individuals with epilepsy and parents of children with epilepsy question their epilepsy diagnosis. The more we understand this process the better we can assess whether our child or loved one has received an accurate diagnosis. Join us and learn how seizure classification is conducted by an experienced epileptologist.
    Make your reservation Please note: Childcare reservations for this meeting are MANDATORY.


    Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
    Facilitator | Jenniffer Manavi, MFT
    Activity |


    Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
    Chidcare Providers | Jackie Wilson
    Reservations are MANDATORY for this month's meeting.
    Call 714-916-0456 or email us before 9/7/2012

    Friday's Friends Club is the new name for ESNOC's childcare because it's the place where we foster friendships in a Safe, Accepting, Playful and Purposeful environment!

    HIGHLIGHT from August's meeting: The friends were eager to see one another as they arrived at Friday Friends Club. We had a full room as a few old friends joined us. The kids followed along with drawing a self portrait and masterpieces they all were!

      FOR THIS MEETING: We are having a End of the Year Pajama Party.  We will be crafting paper campfires, telling campfire stories and eating "Indoor Smores".  Friendly competiions and prizes to be won. 

      1. Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span.

      2. Book: Going Camping
        To follow our theme, friends can share camping or sleep over trips. Circle Time: We will ask the friends to share what they will be looking forward to in the new school year. Circle time is a great way to provide a safe and comfortable environment for the children to share their thoughts and tell their stories.
      3. Story and Share Time, encouraging leadership, fostering listening, developing speaking skills and building confidence while working on impulsivity control.
      4. Marbal Maze and Legos will be available for open ended play, exploring endless possibilities and fine motor skills. Games: Guess Who, Mangela are fun turn-taking games that help improve these skills: cooperation, patience and reasoning.
        Follow the leader, promoting following directions and leadership skills

    In order to best serve the children, RSVPs are MANDATORY by email or call 714-916-0456 before 9/7/2012, to ensure proper staffing.

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    August 13, 2012 | Charity Golf Tournament

    Constable Classic

    HB Police Officers' Foundation invites you to join them for a day of golf, Monday, August 13, 2012 at Sea Cliff Country Club, Huntington Beach. Check in at 9am and 11 am Shotgun Start.

    Sponsorship & Golf Opportunities are available, download pdf.

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    This event benefits the Kiwanis of Huntington Beach, who have generously selected Epilepsy Support Network as their local project. View the Kiwanis website

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    August 10, 2012 | Support Group Meeting

    Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

    If you are seeking information to help you understand your epilepsy diagnosis or are working towards seizure control, attend this informative and comprehensive class.

    Epilepsy trajectory
    Make your reservation
    Childcare available upon request


    Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

    Phyllis LarkinSpend an hour among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Every family is unique but they can often share the same situations: behavioral/disciplinary issues, lack of support from spouses, family members not understanding medically fragile child, physical and emotional exhaustion, sibling relationships and even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We invite you to speak with Dr. Larkin in a safe and supportive environment. Make your reservation Childcare available upon request.


    Educational Support Group for Parents | 7-8:30 pm
    Educational Support Group for Adults | 7-8:30 pm

    Speaker | Tracy Dixon-Salazar, Ph D.
    Epilepsy Research Scientist, UC San Deigo
    Board of Director, Epilepsy Support Network
    Research Review Board, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE)

    Dr. Tracy Salazar will be reporting on her trip to Baltimore, MD where she will have attended the American Epilepsy Society (AES) annual conference. Get conference program

    A report from AES 2011 – Epilepsy can be caused by many things including trauma, lack of oxygen, tumors, brain malformations, stroke, infections, nerve degeneration, and genetic defects, but in 70% of patients the cause is still unknown. There is a huge push to change this fact and identify the cause of every person's epilepsy. But we won't stop there. Once we've identified the cause, how are we going to prevent or fix it? This presentation will present highlights from AES 2011 on the progress we are making in finding the causes and cures for epilepsy.

    Go to AES website to view conference handouts.

    The American Epilepsy Society is one of the oldest neurological professional organizations in this country. The Society seeks to promote interdisciplinary communications, scientific investigation and exchange of clinical information about epilepsy. Membership consists of clinicians, scientists investigating basic and clinical aspects of epilepsy, and other professionals interested in seizure disorders. Members represent both pediatric and adult aspects of epilepsy. The American Epilepsy Society’s Annual Meeting features symposia, lectures, poster presentations and exhibitions. The AES Annual Meeting provides an open forum for members to communicate and disseminate current findings in the field of epilepsy.


    Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
    Facilitator | Jenniffer Manavi, MFT
    Activity |Summer's End Pizza Party!

    This month, the Teen Club will discuss individual strengths and weaknesses. Jennifer Manavi, MFT will share an interactive game where teens can make creative choices to improve their weaknesses and celebrate their strengths. Pizza will be provided and prizes will be given for creativity and authenticity.


    Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
    Chidcare Providers | Temre Marsh and Jackie Wilson

    Friday's Friends Club is the new name for ESNOC's childcare because it's the place where we foster friendships in a Safe, Accepting, Playful and Purposeful environment!

    HIGHLIGHT from July's meeting: Not only were the bonds of friendship strengthened, but the kids loved playing with the Biggie Beads. The kids loved sharing their stories and playing the Spoon/Eggs game during circle time. We learned about being a good friend, taking turns, saying positive things to one another. We are reinforcing being a good listener and showing respect when others are talking.

      FOR THIS MEETING:

        Create a Masterpiece Paint your Self Portrait. Friends will celebrate their creativity while working on concentration and fine motor development. Taking it home is a tangible memory of your child's time spent among friends.
      1. Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span.

      2. Book: I Like Being Me
        A fun and silly book that all kids love. Friends will be asked to recall fun questions about the book to improve comprehension. Circle Time: Show off a special talent to encourage leadership, increase confidence with expressing ourselves, appreciating others and impulse control.
      3. Story and Share Time, encouraging leadership, fostering listening, developing speaking skills and building confidence while working on impulsivity control.
      4. Blocks are a kid pleaser and they are open ended to help kids with exploring endless possibilities, creative play and fine motor skill, that's why we love them. Card Games: Go Fish, War and Slap Jack are fun turn- taking games that help improve these skills: cooperation, patience and reasoning.
        Follow the leader, promoting following directions and leadership skills

    In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing.

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    July 13, 2012 | Social Connectedness

    Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

    If you are seeking information to help you understand your epilepsy diagnosis or are working towards seizure control, attend this informative and comprehensive class.

    Epilepsy trajectory
    Make your reservation
    Childcare available upon request


    Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

    Phyllis LarkinSpend an hour among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Every family is unique but they can often share the same situations: behavioral/disciplinary issues, lack of support from spouses, family members not understanding medically fragile child, physical and emotional exhaustion, sibling relationships and even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We invite you to speak with Dr. Larkin in a safe and supportive environment. Make your reservation Childcare available upon request.


    Educational Support Group for Parents | 7-8:30 pm
    Parents - Come early to find emotional support in Phyllis's group.

    Topic | It's time for your Child/Teen's Social Skills Check Up!
    Speaker | Kelly McKinnon, MA
    Board Certified Behavior Analyst
    Kelly McKinnon & Associates, Inc.

    In response to many parent inquiries regarding "How can I help my Child/Teen make and keep Friends," we invite a Social Skills expert to help with this request. This year, we have addressed medical, educational and psychological challenges. Dr. Nguyen, in the June meeting, stressed the importance of friendship in helping prevent anxiety and depression in children. So it's important that we follow up with improving social relationships.

    Kelly McKinnon, MA is a dynamic speaker who’s passion and commitment overflows when speaking about social skills for special needs children and teens. Social goals will serve them throughout their life span and should not be overlooked in IEPs and every day life. Ms McKinnon emphasizes, “What needs to happen in any skill teaching program is a systematic way to increase desired behaviors (new skills) and a systematic way to decrease undesired skills, with a method to generalize skills to naturally occurring environments.”
    Learn how to organize appropriate social skills activities as well as tap into a new resource, Video Modeling.

    Biography | Kelly McKinnon, MA, BCBA, is president & clinical director of Kelly McKinnon and Associates. Kelly McKinnon is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She has worked with children & adults with autism and other developmental disabilities for over 17 years. Kelly earned her Master's degree in counseling psychology from Boston College in 1992 and has a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Education from Penn State. Kelly has co-authored a book, Social Skills Solutions, available at Different Roads to Learning resources, or Amazon.com. Kelly has provided articles in several publications, and presents regularly on teaching social skills and best practice ABA services for children with autism. Her new video modeling company can be found at www.everyopportunityproductions.com


    Educational Support Group for Adults | 7-8:30 pm
    Adults - come early for a social hour before this meeting

    Topic | Developing Friendships and the Importance of Staying Socially Connected
    Speaker | Michael Uram, MA LMFT

    Social connectedness has a startlingly high impact on overall well-being, suggesting that one of the most effective ways to improve well-being is to find ways for trust and connectedness. Social connectedness refers to the relationships people have with others and the benefits these relationships can bring to the individual as well as to a community and society.

    We all need friends, it's been that way since youth, and the success or lack of it effects individuals to this very day. If you want to increase your friend success by increasing social relationships in your life, then you will want to hear Mr. Uram speak on this life changing topic.

    The Epilepsy Support Network understands the importance of social connectedness in improving the Quality Of Life for our members. Your monthly attendance brings benefits to your QOL and to our community of support, helping us all to function effectively. We invite you to come early, 6-7pm, and socialize over light snacks before hearing the speaker.

    Biography | Michael Uram counsels individuals and families in a private practice setting. He treats Anxiety, Depression and Defiant behaviors in adolescents and young adults, most are diagnosed with Asperger’s, Autism, ADHD, PDD NOS and victims of trauma. He runs social skills groups for a variety of ages and targets each group on the needs of the members. He is the expert on how to change thoughts and behaviors, while respecting that the client is the expert on how to apply it to their own life and family. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that uses Collaborative Problem Solving and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques to assist families in improving communication and problem solving. Michael Uram graduated from Pepperdine's Graduate School of Education and Psychology in 2005 and has been licensed in private practice in Orange County since 2008. He is a Board Member at Large for OCCAMFT, a local chapter of Marriage and Family Therapists. He is a Faculty Member at the Southern California Campus of the University of Phoenix. He instructs as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Social Science’s Master’s of Psychology Program.


    Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
    Facilitator | Jenniffer Manavi, MFT
    Jennifer Leath will be on maternity leave
    Activity | Pen Pal Party

    Letters from childhood friends are endearing and timeless, but in this age of SMS texting, have become a lost art. This month, the Teen Club will discuss ways of keeping in contact with one another and other friends. Each teen will get their own "pen pal" within the group. They will discuss time management, follow through and factor in any potential difficulties. The facilitator will review appropriate topics and the Teens will explore creative ways to add their personality when finding ways to express their feelings with a pen pal.


    Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
    Chidcare Providers | Temre Marsh and Jackie Wilson

    Friday's Friends Club is the new name for ESNOC's childcare because it's the place where we foster friendships in a Safe, Accepting, Playful and Purposeful environment!

    HIGHLIGHT from June's meeting: New friendships were made and circle time was a big success as kids are gaining confidence about sharing their thoughts and stories with each other. FFC kids learned about being a good friend, saying positive things that encouraged one another and worked on impulsivity control.

    FOR THIS MEETING:

      Biggie Beads are a creative and imaginative craft that encourage concentration and fine motor development. Taking it home is a tangible memory of your child's time spent among friends.
    1. Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span
    1. Book: Last Day of School
      Reflecting on a recent memory, the friends will use their listening and comprehension skills to answer fun questions about the book. Circle Time: We will discuss their favorite part about the past school year and what he or she are looking forward to this summer.
    2. Story and Share Time, encouraging leadership, fostering listening, developing speaking skills and building confidence while working on impulsivity control.
    3. Card Games: Go Fish, War and Slap Jack are fun turn- taking games that help improve these skills: cooperation, patience and reasoning.
      Follow the leader, promoting following directions and leadership skills

    In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing.

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    June 8, 2012 | Support Group Meeting

    Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

    If you are seeking information to help you understand your epilepsy diagnosis or are working towards seizure control, attend this informative and comprehensive class.

    Epilepsy trajectory
    Make your reservation
    Childcare available upon request


    Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

    Phyllis LarkinSpend an hour among compassionate parents, who also have children affected by epilepsy. Every family is unique but they can often share the same situations: behavioral/disciplinary issues, lack of support from spouses, family members not understanding medically fragile child, physical and emotional exhaustion, sibling relationships and even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We invite you to speak with Dr. Larkin in a safe and supportive environment. Make your reservation Childcare available upon request.


    Educational Support Group for Parents | 7-8:30 pm
    Parents - Come early to find emotional support in Phyllis's group.

    Topic | Is Anxiety or Depression Affecting your Child?
    Speaker | Hoang D. Nguyen, M.D.
    Director of Psychiatry
    CHOC's Children

    Did you know, thirty percent of children with chronic epilepsy will also be affected by anxiety and/or depression. Anxiety and depression are the most common co-morbidities of epilepsy. We are noticing anxiety occurring earlier and earlier in children that may present much like ADD/ADHD. The CHOC neuroscience specialist will inform parents of how to look for the signs, what they can do, and when to seek professional care. Anxiety in children can inhibit learning and social development as well as affect the entire family. Get vital information, at this meeting, to help circumvent emotional setbacks to your child's development.

    Biography | Dr. Nguyen is originally from Texas where he received his MD degree from Texas A&M Health Science Center in 1993. He finished his combined residency in Pediatrics/Adult Psychiatry/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from the University of Utah Health Sciences Center in 1999. Dr. Nguyen is boarded in Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Psychosomatic Medicine. He is the Director of Psychiatry at CHOC and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCI and also a consultant psychiatrist at Fairview Developmental Center.


    Educational Support Group for Adults | 7-8:30 pm
    Adults - come early for a social hour before this meeting

    Topic | Is Anxiety or Depression affecting your Life?
    Speaker | Dr. Valeh Karimkhani, D.O.
    Your quality of life is Everything! You have been working diligently to improve your epilepsy and now it is time to take a look at the impact of anxiety and depression on your QOL- Quality of Life. Dr. Karimkhani will help attendees recognize the common signs of these comorbities and explain when to treat. Help is only one support group meeting away!


    Biography
    Dr. Valeh Karimkhani, D.O. is an adolescent and adult psychiatrist, board certified in Addiction Medicine, and founder of Orange County Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. She is currently Chief of Psychiatry Consult Liaison services at Hoag Hospital in both Newport Beach and Irvine. She also serves as Medical Director at Newport Academy providing direct psychiatric care at both the Residential and Intensive Outpatient Program.
    Born and raised in Denver CO, where she completed her undergraduate studies with a double major in biology and chemistry. She then moved to Texas, and attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health and Science Center, College of Osteopathic Medicine. During her four years at UNT/HSC, Dr. Karimkhani was granted a summer research scholarship and participated in cardiovascular physiology research. Her internship was completed at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, located in Dallas, Texas.
    Dr. Karimkhani completed her psychiatry residency at University of Colorado Health and Science Center in 2007, with an emphasis in adolescent psychiatry. Since 2007, Dr. Karimkhani has been dedicated to community medicine in both emergency and outpatient settings. She has extensive experience in emergency psychiatry, dual diagnosis, trauma, substance abuse, and adolescent psychiatry.
    Dr. Karimkhani is also a Major in the Army Reserves, and has completed two tours of duty in Iraq. She is dedicated to helping and healing our American heroes and soldiers.


    Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
    Facilitator |
    Activity | Setting up for a Sensational Summer

    Teens will discuss and exchange plans for making this the best summer yet. Teens should bring their own ideas to share with the group.


    Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
    Chidcare Providers | Temre Marsh and Jackie Wilson

    Friday's Friends Club is the new name for ESNOC's childcare because it's the place where we foster friendships in a Safe, Accepting, Playful and Purposeful environment!

      FFC will catch the summer sun by painting sun catchers.
    1. • Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span
    2. Tell our friends about your plans for summer time fun.
    3. • Story and Share Time, fostering listening, language and sharing skills
    4. Play together with Games, Play Doh, and Legos
      • Follow the leader, promoting following directions and leadership skills

    In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing.

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    May 11, 2012 | Support Group Meeting

    Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Janna L. Moore
    Make your reservation
    Childcare available upon request


    Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm

    Phyllis Larkin, PsyD, will walk the group through a range of topics that the parents raise during this nights hour discussion. We acknowledge the efforts caretakers of children with epilepsy endure and want to help him/her deal with issues the that arise. Please join us an hour earlier than the Parent Educational Group for this discussion.

    Make your reservation
    Childcare available upon request


    Educational Support Group for Parents | 7-8:30 pm
    Topic | How to Understand, Build and Maintain
    an Effective IEP for your Child

    Speaker | Danielle Augustin, Esq.
    Augustin Egelsee L.L.P.

    Many children with epilepsy have Individual Education Programs (IEP) due to their unique and individual learning differences. Learning is a child's number one job guiding them to the goal of maximum independence in adulthood. Epilepsy, uncontrolled seizures and anti-convulsant medication can complicate and or impede learning for your student causing them to miss important learning milestones. Join us and learn how to build an appropriate IEP for your student. Once well-written and signed, an IEP must be implemented by the school district and is protected by Federal and State laws. A well written IEP will help provide for maximum learning potential for your child based on appropriate evaluations, well written goals and achievable benchmarks. As a parent, you are your child's first advocate and it is important to be well prepared and knowledgeable in the area of Special Education Laws prior to attending an IEP meeting. At the end of the presentation, our guest speaker will provide time for parents to ask questions regarding IEPs, FAPE, IDEA and 504 plans. Your child's education is a valuable investment and we are here to help you plan for their future which is NOW.

    Biography | Our speaker, Special Education Attorney Danielle Augustin is an attorney who provides zealous advocacy to children and families throughout California. Ms. Augustin's legal practice focuses solely on the issues related to juveniles, specifically the areas of special education, expulsions and juvenile delinquency. She provides legal representation at all stages of the educational process, including suspensions, expulsion hearings, involuntary transfers, IEP meetings, 504 meetings, resolutions sessions, medications, due process hearings, appeals and federal matters.


    Educational Support Group for Adults | 7-8:30 pm
    First Focus Group | In our effort to continually improve our programs and services, Epilepsy Support Network of Orange County is holding a focus group to promote and inspire ideas and conversation on the topics that are most important to you and other adults with epilepsy. Please join us and discuss how we can collectively raise the bar of effectiveness of the programs and services we provide adults with epilepsy in our community.

    Topics discussed will cover:

    • • Educational Support Group Speakers and Topics
    • • Adult Social Hour Program an the importance of staying socially connected
    • • How to best promote our Support Group to new members-Outreach Transportation
    • • Adult Resource Library Volunteering for ESN Adult Group - Research, Resources, Information,
    • • Outreach to inactive members, other ideas?

    Please bring your ideas and enthusiasm for a productive meeting!


    Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
    Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, PsyD
    Activity |


    Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
    Chidcare Providers | Temre Marsh and Jackie Wilson

    Make and Take | Show mom how much you love her with a homemade card and tissue bouquet.
    Story and Share Time | Kids will sit in a circle and share two fun things he or she did in the past week.
    Activities | Blocks and Puzzles

    Friday's Friends Club is the new name for ESNOC's childcare because it's the place where we foster friendships in a Safe, Accepting, Playful and Purposeful environment!

    1. • Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span
    2. • Story and Share Time, fostering listening, language and sharing skills
    3. • Follow the leader, promoting following directions and leadership skills

    In order to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing.

    Epilepsy Walk of Orange County

    We will hold our EWOC meeting Thursday evenings. If you are committed to 2 months of worthwhile planning, meetings and fun, contact Jennifer Gunther for details.

    Epilepsy Walk Orange County 2012
    Event Date | Saturday, April 28, 2012
    Location | Tewinkle Park, Costa Mesa, CA
    Website | www.EpilepsyWalkOC.kintera.org

    Last Year's Sponsors | Visit 2011 EWOC page

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    April 13, 2012 | Support Group Meeting

    Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

    Phyllis LarkinWe ALL have emotional triggers that can shift our moods, rendering us happy or sad. For parents, with children affected by epilepsy, the situations can be heightened by behavioral/disciplinary issues, lack of support from spouses and family members not understanding medically fragile child, exhaustion, sibling relationships and even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We invite you to make a positive shift and speak with Dr. Larkin in a safe and supportive environment.
    Make your reservation
    Childcare available upon request


    Social Hour for Adults | 6-7 pm

    In lieu of Epilepsy 101, we would like to provide our adults with some time to unwind and relax before the evenings discussion on Seizure Triggers. Take this opportunity to speak with others and create an atmosphere of sharing and friendship. We will be meeting in the auditorium.


    Educational Support Group for Adults | 7-8:30 pm
    Adults - come early for a social hour before this meeting
    Educational Support Group for Parents | 7-8:30 pm
    Parents - you can benefit from an hour with our psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Larkin

    Topic | Identifying and Eliminating Seizure Triggers
    Speaker | Dr. Diane Stein
    Neurologist, Ask Dr. Stein Neurology

    As a part of our yearlong series to Stop Seizures, avoiding or managing seizure triggers is something you and only you can do to lessen the chance that a seizure may occur under those circumstances. But, we know the other equally important issue is maintaining your quality of life. Dr Stein will emphasize the importance of keeping track of any factors that may precipitate a seizure in you (also called seizure triggers) Parents can also do this for their children with epilepsy. Her experience with adults and children with epilepsy will help everyone better identify and understand the balance between quality of life choices and the physical, emotional and environmental factors that affect your epilepsy.

    Biography | Dr. Diane Stein is a So cal native. After completing medical school and became board certified in both, pediatrics and neurology, she started her career with a 15 year stay at Kaiser permanente, where she eventually became the go-to pediatric neurologist for several Kaiser locations. In the past 3 years, Dr. Stein has launched her own private practice , allowing her to spend more time handling the difficult cases that require that additional time not usually afforded in a hospital environment.

    Dr. Stein has special interest and vast experience in dealing with Seizures and Epilepsy, Autism, ADHD, and welcomes the chance to address the most difficult of cases. She is currently working on a study into undetected seizures in kids with Autism, as well as diagnosing and treating those cases. You will often find Dr. Stein speaking at the local support groups for Epilepsy and Autism, and she now offers free advice in the form of blogs and journal entries on her website , facebook, and you tube videos of her lectures.


    Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
    Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, PsyD
    Activity |


    Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
    Chidcare Providers | Temre Marsh and Jackie Wilson

    Friday's Friends Club is the new name for ESNOC's childcare because it's the place where we foster friendships in a Safe, Accepting, Playful and Purposeful environment!

    1. • Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span
    2. • Story and Share Time, fostering listening, language and sharing skills
    3. • Follow the leader, promoting following directions and leadership skills

    Inorder to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing.

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    March 9, 2012 | Support Group Meeting

    Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

    If you are seeking information to help you understand your epilepsy diagnosis or are working towards seizure control, attend this informative and comprehensive class.

    Epilepsy trajectory
    Make your reservation
    Childcare available upon request


    Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

    Phyllis LarkinCome relieve the stress of caretaker in our confidential and compassionate group discussion facilitated by, our clinical psychologist, Dr. Phyl. You'll be glad you did.
    Make your reservation
    Childcare available upon request


    Educational Support Group for Adults | 7-8:30 pm
    Educational Support Group for Parents | 7-8:30 pm
    Come early for a social hour before this meeting, attend E101 or parents sit in with Dr. Phyl.

    Topic | March Medication Madness
    Speaker | Dr. Lilit Mnatsakanyan
    Assistant Clinical Professor
    UC Irvine Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

    Dr. Lilit Mnatsakanyan will be sharing her extensive knowledge regarding epilepsy medications and how to most effectively match the medications to the diagnosis. Last month, we learned all about the importance of getting an accurate diagnosis and this month we will move on to the most effective pharmaceutical treatments. Dr. Mnatsakanyan will also discuss epilepsy medication side effects and will be conducting a Question and Answer period at the end of her presentation. Please join us and welcome Dr. Mnatsakanyan to our epilepsy community of support.

    Biography | Dr. Mnatsakanyan received her medical degree from Yerevan State Medical University in Armenia, then completed a residency in adult neurology at University of Chicago Medical Center and a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center with UCLA. She provides detailed assessment of seizures types, diagnosis and she specializes in Medically Refractory Epilepsy in patients who might qualify for various surgical options. She also specializes in * Advanced anti-epileptic drug management *Pre Surgical Evaluation of patients with epilepsy* Patient Enrollment in investigational clinical trials. Her clinical interests include the usefulness of newer anti-epileptic medications in status epilepticus and finding the best combination modalities to improve accuracy of intraoperative neurophysiologic neuromonitering in prevention of deficits.
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    Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
    Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, PsyD
    Activity | The Teens will be celebrating St. Patricks Day with themed game and activities. Wear Green and bring a little luck of the Irish with you and you may be the prize winner of the evening. The Teen Club is facilitated by a clinical psychologist experienced with social challenges facing teens with epilepsy. Please call for more information.


    Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
    Chidcare Providers | Temre Marsh and Jackie Wilson

    Friday's Friends Club is the new name for ESNOC's childcare because it's the place where we foster friendships in a Safe, Accepting, Playful and Purposeful environment!
    1. Play Doh and St. Patty's crafts • Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span
    2. • Story and Share Time, fostering listening, language and sharing skills
    3. Gold Coin Treasure Hunt • Follow the leader, promoting following directions and leadership skills

    Inorder to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing.

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    February 10, 2012 | Support Group Meeting

    Epilepsy 101 | 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Janna L. Moore, MPA

    If you have questions, we've got answers to help you with your epilepsy health profile - create a trajectory to help get your seizures under control. This class will show you how.
    Make your reservation
    Childcare available upon request


    Emotional Support Group for Parents| 6-7 pm
    Facilitator | Phyllis Larkin, PsyD

    Boost your immune system! Dr. Larkin has a prescription for better health – just being with people who understand will help you to be the best caregiver.
    Make your reservation
    Childcare available upon request


    Educational Support Group for Adults | 7-8:30 pm
    Educational Support Group for Parents | 7-8:30 pm
    Come early for a social hour before this meeting

    Location | HOAG Hospital, Irvine
    16200 Sand Canyon Avenue
    Irvine, CA, 92618 949/764-HOAG (4624)

    Topic | What is Your Epilepsy Diagnosis
    Co-speaker | Dr. Mary Zupanc
    Chief of Neurology, CHOC Hospital

    The most effective epilepsy treatments always begin with an accurate diagnosis of seizure type or syndrome. Do you know if you have an accurate diagnosis? Is your epilepsy treatment tailored to your diagnosis. Are you one the most appropriate medication for your seizure type? Are there new tests, improved procedures or more sophisticated epilepsy imaging equipment that can get you to a more accurate diagnosis? Join us for this most important presentation so we can all attain our resolution for 2012- Our Goal-Seizure Control.
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    Teen Club | 7-8:30 pm
    Facilitator | Jennifer Leath, PsyD
    Activity | Valentine Games


    Friday's Friends Club| 6-8:30 pm
    Chidcare Providers | Temre Marsh and Jackie Wilson

    Friday's Friends Club is the new name for ESNOC's childcare because it's the place where we foster friendships in a Safe, Accepting, Playful and Purposeful environment!
    1. • Make and Take, developing fine motor skills and building their attention span
    2. • Story and Share Time, fostering listening, language and sharing skills
    3. • Follow the leader, promoting following directions and leadership skills

    Inorder to best serve the children we require your RSVP by email or call 714-916-0456 as soon as possible, to ensure proper staffing.

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    January 26, 2012 Event - Emergency Planning

    Emergency Preparedness Event
    from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.. free lunch included

    There is an event put on by the Orange County Sheriff’s Emergency Management Division on Emergency Planning for people with disabilities and access and functional needs. A high profile event, this will include free food. Hosted at the Anaheim Sheraton, please RSVP to
    Sam Ha, Benefit Advocate
    Dayle McIntosh Center
    (714) 621-3300 ext. 326, fax (714) 663-2094
    email: sha@daylemc.org

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    January 21, 2012 | UCI Epilepsy Symposium

    7TH ANNUAL UC IRVINE EPILEPSY SYMPOSIUM
    Saturday, January 21, 2012, 7:30am-3pm
    Hyatt Regency
    1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, California

    Reservations Required
    $25/per person
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    “Addressing Epilepsy Through the Life Cycle 2012” symposium is presented by the esteemed faculty of the UC Irvine Comprehensive Epilepsy Program. This year’s internationally known guest faculty speakers are Dr. Gregory Cascino of Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, and Dr. Gregory Holmes of Dartmouth Medical School.
    This full-day symposium is designed for neurologists, neurology healthcare professionals, patients and caregivers who are dedicated to improving healthcare for people with epilepsy. Focus will be on recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment, providing insight and strategy to enhance the quality of life and cognitive function for people with epilepsy.
    TARGET AUDIENCE
    Physicians, nurses, allied healthcare providers, individuals with epilepsy, and family members who want to expand and update their knowledge of current research, clinical diagnosis, management and emerging treatments, as well as cognition and quality-of-life issues related to complicated epilepsy.

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    January 13, 2012 | Support Group Meeting

    Dr. Tracy Salazar will be reporting on her trip to Baltimore, MD where she will have attended the American Epilepsy Society (AES) annual conference.

    A report from AES 2011 – Epilepsy can be caused by many things including trauma, lack of oxygen, tumors, brain malformations, stroke, infections, nerve degeneration, and genetic defects, but in 70% of patients the cause is still unknown. There is a huge push to change this fact and identify the cause of every person's epilepsy. But we won't stop there. Once we've identified the cause, how are we going to prevent or fix it? This presentation will present highlights from AES 2011 on the progress we are making in finding the causes and cures for epilepsy.

    Location | HOAG Hospital, Irvine
    16200 Sand Canyon Avenue
    Irvine, CA, 92618
    949/764-HOAG (4624)

    The American Epilepsy Society is one of the oldest neurological professional organizations in this country. The Society seeks to promote interdisciplinary communications, scientific investigation and exchange of clinical information about epilepsy. Membership consists of clinicians, scientists investigating basic and clinical aspects of epilepsy, and other professionals interested in seizure disorders. Members represent both pediatric and adult aspects of epilepsy. The American Epilepsy Society’s Annual Meeting features symposia, lectures, poster presentations and exhibitions. The AES Annual Meeting provides an open forum for members to communicate and disseminate current findings in the field of epilepsy.

    Speaker | Dr. Tracy Salazar
    Epilepsy Research Scientist
    Board of Director, Epilepsy Support Network
    Research Review Board, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE)

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    Meeting Times

    Choc Tower
    PROGRAMS
    TIME
    FACILITATOR
    Epilepsy 101 6-7 pm Janna Moore, MPA
    Emotional Support Group for Parents 6-7 pm Phyllis Larkin, PsyD
    Educational Support Group for Parents 7-8:30 pm Janna Moore, MPA
    Traductor de español 7-8:30 pm Alexandra Morales
    Educational Support Group for Adults 7-8:30 pm Jim & Joan Ashlock
    Teen Club 6-8:30 pm Denise Kwan
    Childcare
    Reservation required
    6-8:30 pm Chantel Rothenburger
    Childcare Program Specialist Leah Figueroa
    Mom's Night Out 4pm - ?? Staff
    Online Support Group for Parents Jill Foster
    Director of Programs Meghan Metzger

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    Directions to Support Meetings

    CHOC Children's Hospital
    Harold Wade Education Center
    Bldg 2, 2nd Floor, CHOC West Building
    1201 W. La Veta, Orange, CA 92868

    Parking $2.00 w/validation

    You may Enter through main entrance of CHOC or directly to parking structure at Main Street & W. Providence Avenue. Look for ESN Signs.

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