This is a transcript of a video from the Growing Up with Epilepsy Web site. For more information visit http://www2.massgeneral.org/childhoodepilepsy.
Dr. Amy Morgan: Approximately half of the children who have epilepsy will have some sort of learning difficulty, again from very mild to, perhaps, severe. The most common difficulties would be attention, language and memory. And then again, all of these will affect a child's social interactions, peer relationships and as well, their development of a healthy self-concept. What we try to do also is work with the children who have no apparent learning difficulties but may have very subtle effects from the epilepsy that will affect learning and may not even show up on a report card or in a behavioral report, but the child may experience themselves as having more difficulty learning and having to struggle in relation to their age peers. And so, I think it's important to attend to those children, too, to help them understand that it's their epilepsy, it's not them.
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