Since every child is affected by Dravet syndrome differently, changes in behavior can happen for multiple reasons. Sometimes behaviors change around the time of a seizure, because of medicines, or for no reason at all.
Much like seizures, changes in behavior can be triggered. Here are some methods other families have used in the past to help manage the behavior of their child with Dravet syndrome:
- Behavior therapy– A type of therapy for changing behavior patterns
- A weighted blanket or vest– A method used to calm and soothe children in distress
- Service/emotional support dogs
- A calm “chill out” corner in the house to avoid overstimulation
- Visual/picture schedules, both at home and at school
If you find your child’s behavior is becoming increasingly difficult to manage, talk with your child’s doctor about options for managing their behavior.