Category: Epileptic children


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This highly practical book is aimed at physicians and therapists involved in the management of epilepsy in children. It describes detailed methods for analyzing the influence that the family, social environments, and learning have on a child’s seizures. The patients and their families are considered experts in “their” disease and their own resources are of major help.This book also shows which learning techniques a physician or therapist can apply to reduce the occurrence and severity of attacks. These include better understanding the early cues of an attack, reducing elements of high-risk situations, developing seizure-incompatible reactions, and breaking the contingencies between seizures and social reinforcers. In addition, the importance of a normal development for the child, in school, with friends, and in the face of normal demands, is highlighted.Modern medicine and science have made impressive progress in understanding epilepsy and treating it with medication and surgical means. Our most recent advances are now on the behavioral level, and show that seizures are not purely organic events, independent of the rest of the personality and the environment. Instead they entail a dynamic interaction between one’s physical disposition, environmental conditions, and learning factors.