Children with Seizures

Children with Seizures

Children with Seizures

Children with Seizures

Synopsis

"Seizures can be very frightening, and often leave people feeling unnerved and helpless. In this concise, accessible handbook, Martin Kutscher provides all the information you need to approach seizures from a position of strength. He first explores the types and causes of seizures, and offers practical advice on what to observe and do during an attack. Medical concepts and technical terms are also clearly explained, along with the available tests and treatments. Emotional and social issues that frequently arise are positively addressed, and there are chapters for kids and teens to read themselves or with their parents. The book goes on to cover the most common epilepsy syndromes in detail, and provides a helpful list of further reading and useful contacts. This informal and upbeat book is an accessible, reassuring and informative read which will be indispensable for families, friends, teachers, and therapists of children with seizures."

Excerpt

My introduction to epilepsy occurred during my freshman year of high school. This experience remains quite vivid even 40 years later. One day during our homeroom period, a classmate had a generalized tonic-clonic seizure. She fell out of her chair, began jerking violently, and had urinary incontinence. Along with my other classmates, I was stunned and frightened, having no idea as to how to help her. Our teacher was as frightened and helpless as we were, and provided no aid or comfort to the student or our class. Fortunately, the seizure was short-lived, and my classmate was carried out of the room and taken to the nurse's office—much to our relief.

Sadly, this was only the first of several seizures to occur in our classroom. The response of our class to subsequent seizures was to pretend that the seizures were not occurring and ignore the attacks. As a consequence of our ignorance, we also shunned our classmate, avoiding her as much as we could. Despite her desire to be a normal student, we never gave her the opportunity to be a normal high school student. While I do not know what happened to her, I do know that due to our ignorance about her condition, her high school experience must have been emotionally devastating. I only wish that our teacher and ourselves had had access to accurate information about epilepsy at that time. Knowing the truth about epilepsy would have dramatically changed our attitude and approach to our unfortunate classmate.

Dr. Kutscher, in this marvelous book, dispels many of the myths of epilepsy and provides a wonderful review of all aspects of the disorder. He effortlessly moves from diagnosis to treatment to prognosis. Employing humor, common sense, and an outstanding knowledge of epilepsy, Dr. Kutscher's book is truly a tour de force. Teachers, parents, siblings, and friends of children with epilepsy will benefit greatly from this book. While the book is written for the non-physician, I believe that many healthcare workers would benefit from this wealth of current and . . .

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