Your Loved One and Lennox-Gastaut
Syndrome (LGS)

When you’re a parent or caregiver, your children are your world, and you want what’s best for them no matter if they’re 5 or 25. Paying special attention to your loved one’s behavior, social skills, and emotions at every stage of their lives can help you best support their development.

Allison, 21, at home

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Allison, 21, at home

Aushay, 13, with his mom

LGS and Your Loved One's Development

LGS is different for everyone who is diagnosed. Though it most often develops in preschool years, LGS is a lifelong journey. LGS and some of its treatments may also affect your child’s intellectual abilities, motor skills, and sleep as they develop. As they get older, it’s important to stay aware of any changes in these areas.

Aushay, 13, with his mom


LGS Affects Everyone Differently

Every person’s experience with LGS is different. However, there are symptoms that are common to many people with this condition. Here are some of them, along with tips that caregivers have shared that have helped them and their loved ones:

Learning & Behavior

Many children with LGS develop intellectual limitations, which can become more challenging as they get older. Differences in behavior are also common and often get worse with age. Examples include aggression, autism, and hyperactivity.

Tips from other caregivers:

  • Singing songs or playing music can help your loved one decompress
  • Sensory toys are a great way to shift your loved one’s focus toward a positive activity
  • Noise-canceling headphones allow your loved one to remove themselves from a situation and refocus on listening to music, playing a game, or watching a video

Strength & Mobility

It's not uncommon for those with LGS to have difficulty with mobility. Seizures can be physically demanding, and protective equipment can sometimes make moving around even more challenging.

Tips from other caregivers:

  • Wearing clothes with elastic or Velcro® can help ease the process of getting dressed
  • A wheelchair can make it easier to get around
  • Allow your loved one a first try at activities that give them a chance to show more independence, if they're able to, such as brushing their teeth before doing a "parent brush"


Those with LGS often struggle with sleep issues due to seizures during the night.

Tips from other caregivers:

  • Set a bedtime and try to stick to that schedule
  • Talk to a doctor to see if a sleeping aid is the right choice for your loved one
  • Consider trying melatonin in the evening
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Are you a parent or caregiver of an adult living with LGS? The LGS Foundation has a monthly support group for community members just like you. Join to discuss and navigate the unique struggles when caring for an adult living with LGS.

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