Category Archives: Epilepsy

COPING WITH SEIZURES AND EPILEPSY: RECURRENT TONIC-CLONIC SEIZURES: EPILEPSY

If seizures do recur a parent may use different coping mechanisms than a child. You have already been through the initial shock of seeing tonic-clonic shaking. You have probably come to terms with your initial anxiety. Perhaps you know what to do this second time and are less frightened than at first. But you may [...]

LIVING WITH EPILEPSY/SCHOOL: LEARNING AND BEHAVIOR –BILLY’S PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL PROBLEMS

Mrs. Christiansen brought us a letter from Billy’s teacher. “We have enjoyed having Billy in our kindergarten this year. He is a charming, adorable little boy. However, he did so poorly on his reading readiness test that we all feel that he should spend another year in kindergarten. We would like you to come in [...]

COPING WITH THE UNCERTAINTIES OF SEIZURES AND EPILEPSY: MENTAL RETARDATION – IF MY CHILD IS MENTALLY RETARDED, WHAT ARE HER CHANCES OF DEVELOPING EPILEPSY?

By definition, mental retardation is a handicapping condition defined as less than average intelligence, less than average personal independence and social responsibility. Ninety-seven out of 1oo children have an intelligence score of 70—130; children with mental retardation have scores that are less than 70. In a child who is already handicapped by retardation, seizures can [...]