Childhood Epilepsy: Language, Learning and Behavioural by William B. Svoboda

By William B. Svoboda

William Svoboda channels a life of medical adventure into 3 areas--language, studying, and behavior--that surround the foremost problems of kids ''growing up with epilepsy.'' In every one zone he seems to be at why the issues come up and assesses strength remedies. the point of interest of this finished paintings is at the whole care of the kid instead of on prognosis, type and medicine on my own. greater than 1/2 all epileptic kids have interrelated language, studying, and/or habit issues that persist past seizure keep watch over and current difficulties for health and wellbeing and academic structures. This reference makes an important contribution to furthering the information of clinicians, educators, and language experts concerning the wishes of this exact pediatric inhabitants.

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Audiologic studies usually are normal. The EEG shows epileptiform discharges, often bitemporal in location. These respond to antiepileptic medications, although subtle learning and memory problems may be noted between the episodes. Isolated episodic aphasias Aphasic seizures are infrequent. , 1976). Some patients exhibit focal status with dysphasic symptoms but will recover between the epileptic symptoms; others will not recover. e. a period of several days. This has been called an epileptic aphasic status (Hamilton & Matthews, 1979).

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Damage to the right hemisphere renders a person unable to understand or to express the emotional aspects and inflections of language. The resultant language may seem a flat and featureless monotone. Understanding may be affected similarly, as the person may fail to heed meanings of emotional content and inflections of what others say. , 1981). Plasticity and function transfer In 2000 at the Cleveland Clinics Epilepsy Conference, Duchaney reviewed the transfer of neural functions. The ability of the immature human brain to adjust for insults is called plasticity.

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