Epilepsy and Developmental Delay Essay

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Introduction………...……………………………………………………………………..……...3
Pediatric Epilepsy……………………………………………………………………...………...3
Classifications of Developmental Delay……………………..………….....................................4
The Association of Pediatric Epilepsy with Developmental Delay……....................................5
Effects of Pediatric Epilepsy and Developmental Delay……………………...….....................6
Conclusion……..…………………………………………….…………………………………...7
Definition of Terms……….……………………………………………………………………...9
References……………………………………………………………………………………….10

Introduction
With ever-increasing cases of pediatric epilepsy, studies detailing the etiology of epilepsy and its association with developmental delay are progressively
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(Fenichel, 2005). Berg et al. found that the level of mental capability was strongly related to etiology and type of pediatric epilepsy and the age of onset of seizures. In their particular study, they divided their population into two groups, children in whom seizures began when they were younger than 5 years of age and children in whom seizures began when they were 5 years of age or older, and concluded the group of children with a younger age of onset of seizures were more likely to have some mental impairment (Berg et al., 2008). A Western Norwegian study reported that, for some types of types of epilepsy, females were more likely to have idiopathic forms while males had a higher frequency of cryptogenic and symptomatic forms. The researchers, however, were unable to make any inferences about the reason for this gender difference (Waaler, Blom, Skeidsvoll, & Mykletum, 2000).
Classifications of Developmental Delay
For my research, I will determine the severity of the developmental delay based upon the classification of the school system. Ideally, each child, in whom mental delay is not obvious, should be given an intelligence test to determine their intelligence quotient, or some standard measure; however, it is not realistic to assume that all the individuals in my study will have taken such an intelligence test, and thus, I cannot directly utilize a standardized intelligence quotient…

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