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ERIC Number: EJ1031869
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 80
ISSN: ISSN-0266-7363
Children with Epilepsy: The Role of the Educational Psychologist
Reilly, Colin; Fenton, Virginia
Educational Psychology in Practice, v29 n2 p138-151 2013
Childhood epilepsy is the most common paediatric neurological disorder. It is a condition with a well-documented association with cognitive, behavioural and emotional difficulties. Children with epilepsy are at increased risk of global and specific cognitive impairments. They are also at increased risk for symptoms associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), depression and anxiety. The cognitive, behavioural and emotional difficulties associated with childhood epilepsy are often overshadowed by the need to treat epileptic seizures. Psychologists working in schools can provide valuable insight into the cognitive, behavioural and emotional issues faced by children with epilepsy through appropriate assessment and the recommendation of interventions which will lessen the impact of such difficulties. Educational psychologists can also help the children's families cope with a condition with challenging psychosocial implications and provide a valuable link between school staff and supporting health professionals.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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