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  • Page extent: 672 pages
  • Size: 247 x 174 mm
  • Weight: 1.629 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 618.92/853
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: RJ496.E6 S89 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Epilepsy in children
    • Language disorders in children
    • Behavior disorders in children
    • Learning disabilities
    • Learning disabled children--Education

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521823388 | ISBN-10: 0521823382)

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


Preface; Glossary; 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; Epilogue; Index.


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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