Seizure issues

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Seizure issues

Children with seizures, just like any other neurologic dysfunction, may face a variety of behavioral, cognitive, emotional challenges. Sometimes these issues arise from the compromise to the brain in the area that is actually causing the seizures. Other times, there are treatment issues like medication side-effect that can result in issues such as depression or problems paying attention to things or in a certain cognitive sluggishness. It is very important that parents still follow through with the treatment plan, but also be aware that sometimes there can be these other issues that interfere. Sometimes there are therapies or special services at school that can offer help to manage or remediate some of these weaknesses. Others of these, just by virtue of the fact that the child has to be treated and has a neurologic condition that is long-lasting, may simply need to be acknowledged and managed.

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Peter L. Stavinoha, PhD, ABPP, is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist in Dallas, Texas.  He directs the Neuropsychology Service at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and he is Professor in Psychology/Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He was named Distinguished Psychologist for 2005 by the Dallas Psychological Association. Dr. Stavinoha specializes in the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional aspects of developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury in children. As a general parenting expert, he is regularly interviewed in the media, Dallas morning television, Parents and Parenting Magazines, and numerous parenting blogs. Together with Sara Bridget Au, he is co-author of Stress-Free Potty Training. He has also authored several chapters in scholarly texts on subjects ranging from pediatric concussion to brain tumors in children. Dr. Stavinoha received a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Stavinoha completed a residency in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Neuropsychological Society, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Stavinoha has a 16-year old son named Joe.

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