Curriculum for Project ECHO: Epilepsy in Children and Youth 

Session Topic Learning Objective 
1 Seizure Overview
  • Increase your ability to identify, define, and accurately assess seizure types
  • Increase your ability to recognize and define Febrile seizures; implement treatment and management practices
  • Assess under what circumstances a referral may be necessary
2 Recognizing Event Types and Common Epilepsy Syndromes in Children
  • Learn to apply the current model of seizure classification for better diagnosis and treatment outcomes
  • Gain a clear definition of the common childhood epilepsy syndromes and implement common treatment methods
  • Differentiate seizures from non-epileptic events
3 Epilepsy Management in a Primary Care Setting
  • Describe the medical and social needs of the child with epilepsy and their family
  • Define your role within the circle of care as the primary care provider to a pediatric patient with epilepsy
4 Testing and Diagnosis
  • Describe the merits of and how to apply the clinical use to EEGs in epilepsy
  • Describe the merits of an apply the clinical use of various neuroimaging techniques in epilepsy
  • Learn what other tests and procedures can be appropriate when a child presents with a seizure
  • Describe the role of genetic testing in children with epilepsy
5 Family Education and Support
  • Provide the basics of first aid for seizures and dispel any myths surrounding seizure first aid
  • Support the family in coping with the new diagnosis through supporting them as they develop their seizure safety skills (water, sports, physical activity, & driving) and a seizure management plan
6 Medication Management of Epilepsy
  • Select appropriate medicine in accordance with patient needs
  • Learn effective practices for acute or rescue management of seizures
  • Recognize and utilize the pathway for the chronic treatment of epilepsy
  • Special considerations for prescribing and reproduction
  • Describe how AEDs impact bone health and how to combat them
7 Beyond AEDs: Complementary & Alternative Medicine
  • Describe the features of drug resistant epilepsy and evidence based management approaches
  • Plytherapy and immunotherapy
  • Dietary therapy, including ketogenic diet
  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Neurostimulation, including Vagal Nerve Stimulation
  • Novel therapies including Cannabinoid
  • Management with primary care for patients with drug resistant epilepsy


Comorbidities of Epilepsy
  • Identify the most common psychiatric comorbidities in children with epilepsy and review referral and diagnosis pathways
  •  Explain risk factors for Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy, and how to manage at-risk patients
  • Identify learning disabilities common in children with epilepsy
  • Describe and define the roles and resources available through interprofessional team members to optimize the learning experience for children with epilepsy
9 Infantile Spasms
  • Recognize Infantile Spasms and their mimics
  • Learn about the workup of Infantile Spasms
  • Identify the treatment and describe the management of Infantile Spasms
  • Describe the prognosis of Infantile Spasms
10 Transition to Adult Care
  • Define Health Care Transition
  • Describe factors impacting health care transition for youth with epilepsy
  • Discuss barriers to and how to improve the transition to adult care

This Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto for up for up to 1.5 Mainpro+ credits.

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. You may claim a maximum of 1.5 hours.