Pediatric patients with narcolepsy can have a range of other problems, including poor school performance, social difficulties, obesity, low self-esteem, and depression, to name a few. Therefore, it's very important to always stay aware of what's going on with your child and address issues as they arise.
Education about narcolepsy is essential, not only for children but also for their teachers and school counselors, psychologists, and nurses. Many people don't know about narcolepsy or have misconceptions, so be sure to educate them and help them get accurate information.
Talk to the school nurse about how and where your child can take a nap during the school day.
Finally, talk to a school counselor about whether a 504 plan and/or Individual Education Plan (IEP) may be appropriate for your child.
Learn more about 504 plans and get other student-related narcolepsy information here.
You are your child’s best advocate. Sit down with school professionals so everyone understands your child’s needs.