The 3 Rs of Narcolepsy

Recognize

Respect

Refer

WUN offers free, non-commercial, lay-language Narcolepsy Goes to School (NGS) workshops
for school teachers and nurses

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Narcolepsy is a devastating sleep disorder, but the disease is seriously underdiagnosed and poorly understood. It is not uncommon for 8-10 years to pass before a proper diagnosis is made. And the initial onset of symptoms occurs most frequently between the ages of 11 and 17.

Consequently, school teachers and nurses, coaches, and other educators often are the first to observe students with overwhelming sleepiness and other symptoms of narcolepsy.

WUN-school-calloutThese students may simply be bored or lack sufficient nighttime sleep, but their behavior may also be a sign of narcolepsy and point to a full medical diagnosis and possible treatment.

Educators can speed proper diagnosis by practicing the 3 Rs of Narcolepsy:

Recognize the symptoms of narcolepsy.

Respect that narcolepsy is a lifelong, serious sleep disorder that needs treatment.

Refer students who exhibit symptoms for a full medical diagnosis.

narcolepsyEducators should also discourage narcolepsy stigma in their schools. Too often, children with narcolepsy become the targets of nasty jokes or bullying. To avoid ridicule, these students may try to keep their narcolepsy secret, often leaving them socially isolated and depressed. You should honor their wishes for privacy, but also help other students better understand narcolepsy.

Educators who respond to narcolepsy with calm and support will influence others to do the same. Respecting and encouraging students with narcolepsy inspires learning, maturity, and self-confidence.

Wake Up Narcolepsy offers free, non-commercial, lay-language Narcolepsy Goes to School (NGS) workshops for school teachers and nurses, either on-site or online. The session covers narcolepsy statistics, symptoms, diagnosis, and current treatment options. The length and level of detail of this presentation can be tailored to your needs. Many schools and other organizations have found this to be a great lunch and learn session.

Please note, however, that we are unable to offer continuing education credits for this program; we provide NGS workshops for informational purposes only.

To learn more, please contact us at info @wakeupnarcolepsy.org or 508-259-1100.

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