This book looks at epilepsy in children. How is it classified, managed and treated? What is the impact on the family and the child involved? How does this affect progress in school and access to the curriculum? There are sections on assessment and diagnosis of epilepsy; epilepsy and behavior; epilepsy and genetics; the implications for schools, the classroom and learning; how access to the curriculum might be increased; social aspects of epilepsy; and language and communication problems associated with epilepsy.
Apart from sound content and clear, practical guidance, the reader will also find a glossary of terms, a seizure description chart, a risk assessment chart, a list of useful addresses and an annotated bibliography.
This book will be useful to all teachers, SENCOs, Teaching Assistants, Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists, GPs, parents and carers of children with epilepsy.
Mike Johnson is Senior Lecturer in Special Education at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he leads the Masters degrees in special educational needs. He has worked with Save the Children Fund on a number of projects worldwide. Gill Parkinson is Programme Director for distance learning post-graduate courses in Profound Learning Disability and Multi-Sensory Impairment at the University of Manchester and Speech and Language Therapist with a national Children's Epilepsy Assessment Unit.
Epilepsy - Classification, treatment, management issues (general); Epilepsy and genetics; Assessment and diagnosis - Part 1: Educational and cognitive assessment; Part 2: Impact on the family; Education - implications for the school, curriculum and learning; Curriculum issues increasing access; Epilepsy - behaviour and social aspects; Language and communication problems associated with Epilepsy and Epileptic syndromes; Quality of life.