ERIC Number: ED254045
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-19
Reference Count: 0
Epilepsy, Anticonvulsants and Cognitive Functions in School Students.
Keister, Douglas Charles
Research is reviewed on epilepsy and findings summarized in terms of intelligence, relationship between etiology and intelligence, seizure frequency, age of onset, duration, premorbid intelligence, and specific psychological defects, electroencephalography (EEG) and IQ, and learning. Among findings noted are that the widespread belief among educators that children treated with anticonvulsants are handicapped may contribute to lowered expectations in the classrooms, that epileptic students are unstable in performance and exhibit much test re-test variability, that age of onset contributes to a large extent to the individual's ultimate intelligence and that the type of EEG abnormality is correlated with level of intellectual functioning. Features of commonly used anticonvulsant medications are described, and their therapeutic range and adverse reactions are set out in a table. Forty-two references are listed. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the National Association of School Psychologists (Philadelphia, PA, April, 1984).