This book describes the effects that different kinds of epilepsy in children can have on the child's behavior and cognitive development. It is mainly based on the authors' extensive studies over many years. These are described in the book, together with the available diagnostic methods and therapies. It is written so that the various professionals dealing with such children (pediatricians, neurologists, psychologists) can see their contribution and have a general view of the complex interrelation between medical psychological and educational problems in these children.
Table of Contents
Authors' appointments; Acknowledgements; Foreword Jean Aicardi; 1. Introduction; 2. Cognitive effects of epilepsy: epilepsy as a non-paroxysmal disorder and the concept of 'cognitive epilepsies'; 3. Epilepsy in the developing brain; 4. Epilepsy and cognitive functions: identifying the direct effects of epilepsy; 5. Epilepsy and cognition functions: the other variables; 6. Cognitive and behavioural problems in childhood epilepsies: a literature review - what can it tell us about the direct role of epilepsy?; 7. Childhood neuropsychology (developmental cognitive neuropsychology) in the context of epilepsy; 8. Epileptic cognitive dysfunction in specific epileptic syndromes or epileptic conditions; 9. Epileptic cognitive dysfunction in some specific brain pathologies; 10. Epilepsy surgery in children: an opportunity to study the direct role of epilepsy in cognitive disturbances; 11. Epilepsy and mental retardation: the role of epilepsy; 12. Developmental disorders and epilepsy; 13. Neuropsychological evaluation of cognitive-behavioural effects of epilepsy in children; 14. Practical clinical issues in diagnosis and antiepileptic drug therapy; 15. Psychological and educational aspects: special implications for epilepsies with cognitive manifestations; 16. Adult outcome of childhood epilepsies with 'cognitive' epileptic manifestations: unexpected lessons from follow-up studies; 17. Conclusions or summary (for those who only read summaries); List of case studies; References; Index.
DOB 15 Aug 1939.