Epilepsy Awareness Month
What is epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a chronic disorder characterized by unpredictable seizures.
Epilepsy and “seizure disorder” are interchangeable terms.
The seizures in epilepsy may be a result of a brain injury or occur due
to family history. Often times, the cause is unknown. 3.4 million people
in the United States suffer from epilepsy; 470,000 of those cases involve
children. Children can develop epilepsy as a result of their brain being
injured during birth, a severe head injury, a genetic predisposition,
high fevers, neurological problems, or an infection of the central nervous
system (i.e. the brain and spinal cord).
Children with epilepsy are at greater risk for learning difficulties, behavior
problems, memory impairments, and poor attention. At Milestones Center
for Child Development, our therapists provide occupational therapy, physical
therapy, and speech & language therapy to address these areas of need
that may have been affected by the seizures. Epileptic seizures disrupt
normal brain activity. Often times after a seizure, children present with
signs of regression and/or loss of skills. Consistent speech & language
therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy can help these children
regain their skills more quickly.