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Childhood Epilepsy
Language, Learning and Behavioural Complications


  • Date Published: August 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521530293

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  • More than half the numbers of children with epilepsy have interrelated language, learning and/or behavior complications. By adulthood, these problems can interfere with socialization and employment. The seizures may be controlled but the developmental distortions can continue to present problems for health and education systems and carers. In this comprehensive and fully referenced book, William Svoboda distils a lifetime of clinical experience with childhood epilepsy into three areas which address each of the main areas of difficulty. In each he looks at why the problems arise and assesses diagnostic and remediative approaches. The focus is on the whole care of the child rather than on diagnosis, classification and medication alone. Clinicians, mental health practitioners, educators and speech–language pathologists will find this book invaluable.

    • Covers epilepsy in childhood specifically
    • Looks at speech–language associations with epilepsy
    • Looks at epileptic intrusions in behavior, language and learning as they impact on development and maturation
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: 'This is a useful volume not only for reference bu for browsing and as a source of information for those who look after children with epilepsy.' Doctor's Net

    Review of the hardback: '… I recommend this book wholeheartedly as a courageous undertaking, highlighting problems that may go unrecognised long after the epilepsy has been brought under control.' The Lancet

    Review of the hardback: '… this is a bench book for Child Neurology departments and its ample scope and extensive references will prove of value there. Its distinguished author's experience is well worth attending to.' Journal of Psychological Medicine

    Review of the hardback: 'The author provides an excellent overview of literature relating to the topic. He successfully adds to current understanding by adopting a holistic approach in his attempt to promote an awareness of some of the complications experienced by a significant number of children with epilepsy. A well-written, evidence based book, which will appeal to epilepsy nurse specialists and other neuroscience nurses with a developing interest and knowledge in childhood epilepsy.' British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521530293
    • length: 674 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 34 mm
    • weight: 1.06kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Looking ahead
    Part I. Speech and Language Problems:
    2. Language: the challenge
    3. Speech, language, and communication
    4. Speech and language problems in epilepsy
    5. Seizure types and speech and language risks
    6. Language regressions with epilepsy syndromes
    7. Other epilepsy language syndromes
    8. Seizure-management effects
    9. Evaluation of speech and language problems
    10. Management of speech and language problems in epilepsy
    11. Behavior consequences
    Part II. Learning Problems:
    12. Learning challenges
    13. The development of learning
    14. Learning difficulties
    15. Learning problems with seizure types
    16. Modifying factors
    17. Transient cognitive impairments of epilepsy
    18. Attention and alertness
    19. Memory
    20. Executive functioning
    21. Academics
    22. Antiepileptic medication effects
    23. Effects of other therapies
    24. Diagnosis
    25. Gaining help
    26. Frustrations of learning problems
    Part III. Behavior Problems:
    27. Mental health needs
    28. Psychologic development
    29. Seizure types and modifying factors
    30. Overview: extrinsic factors
    31. Behavior problems: general
    32. Attention deficit disorders
    33. Anxiety disorders
    34. Mood disorders
    35. Disruptive behavior problems
    36. Psychoses of epilepsy
    37. Non-epileptic events
    38. Possible treatment issues
    39. Helping with psychiatric problems

  • Author

    William B. Svoboda

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