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.

*Sources

https://www.epilepsy.com/

https://www.epilepsy.com/article/2014/3/epilepsy-impact-life-child

https://www.epilepsysociety.org.uk/epilepsy-childhood#.W9NgcHtKjxl

https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/info/education/learning-and-behaviour

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