Although most commonly diagnosed in adults, MS also impacts children and teens: kids who have a parent living with MS, and kids who have been diagnosed with MS themselves. The Society is a resource for both kids and parents, providing support groups, information and referrals, weekend recreational programs, and more.
Estimates suggest that as many as 10,000 children (age 18 and under) in the United States have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and another 15,000 have experienced at least one symptom suggestive of MS. Support is available:
- Join a virtual community for parents of children living with MS, both on MSConnection.org and Facebook or teens can connect on their own private Facebook group page.
- Attend Champ Camp, a unique weekend recreational program just for children and teens diagnosed with MS. Champ Camp is usually held in March, in Texas, attracting kids from across the country.
- Get the information you need, including downloads to help school personel understand the impact of MS on your child, a parent's handbook, a DVD overview of pediatric MS, and more.
- Learn about Pediatric MS Centers of Excellence
Parents with MS
When a parent is diagnosed with MS, it affects the whole family. As a parent, you may struggle with how to talk to your children about MS and the ways it may affect your family. The National MS Society is here to help.
- Read more about Parenting and MS, including YouTube Videos and articles on parenting issues and family planning as it pertains to MS.
- Download Keep S'myelin, a colorful, engaging, informative, and reassuring newsletter to help children and their parents talk and learn about MS together.
- Enjoy family bonding at Family Discovery Camp, a weekend recreational event for the whole family that takes place in October each year in Texas.
- Or send the kids to camp: Journey Camp is a summer program just for kids with a parent diagnosed with MS that moves from state-to-state each year.
- Connect online at our Family Matters MSConnection.org page: an online group for the whole family affected by MS.
Get the support you need through Wonders & Worries, a partnering nonprofit that provides in-person, email and phone support to help families impacted by a chronic or life-threatening illness.