Landau Kleffner syndrome (LKS) is a rare childhood epilepsy, characterised by a sudden or gradual loss of ability to understand or express language.
Written by two world-renowned authorities on childhood epilepsy, this book is aimed at the large range of professionals involved in the diagnosis, therapy and rehabilitation of children on the Epilepsy-Aphasia Spectrum (EAS). The book includes vivid first-hand accounts of the impact of language loss by adults who have grown up with LKS.
Epileptologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, speech and language therapists and trainees in those areas.
Full Book Review
Read the full book review by Michael Absoud and Gillian Baird published in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology.
Clinics in Developmental Medicine Series
2 HISTORY OF LANDAU-KLEFFNER SYNDROME (LKS)
3 CLASSIFICATIONS ISSUES
4 SPEECH PERCEPTION AND BRAIN ORGANIZATION OF LANGUAGE: RELEVANT FEATURES FOR LKS AND EAS
5 THE DIFFERENT CLINICAL FACETS OF LKS
6 DEVELOPMENTAL ASPECTS OF LKS /EAS AND THE OVERLAP WITH DEVELOPMENTAL LANGUAGE DISORDER AND AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
7 EVOLUTION OF LKS . SHORT – MID AND LONG TERM OUTCOME
8 FROM ROLANDIC EPILEPSY TO LANDAU-KLEFFNER SYNDROME
9 LABORATORY (EEG,BRAIN IMAGING, GENETICS AND NEUROIMMUNOLOGY ) INVESTIGATIONS FOR LKS/EAS
10 PHYSIOPATHOLOGY OF SPEECH, LANGUAGE AND OTHER PROLONGED EPILEPTIC DYSFUNCTION IN LKS, ECSWS AND RELATED SYNDROMES
11 FUNCTIONAL NEUROIMAGING INVESTIGATIONS IN IDIOPATHIC FOCAL EPILEPSIES OF CHILDHOOD WITH COGNITIVE AND BEHAVIOURAL IMPAIRMENT. XAVIER DE TIÈGE, SERGE GOLDMAN & PATRICK VAN BOGAERT
12 DRUG MANAGEMENT OF COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENTS IN LKS AND OTHER EAS SYNDROMES
13 SPEECH AND LANGUAGE, EDUCATIONAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL REMEDIATION
14 PERSONAL TESTIMONIES AND UNPUBLISHED CASES
15 SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
'This is worth reading for professionals interested in epilepsy with any type of language symptoms and the development/recovery of language in children with congenital of acquired language problems.'
Makiko Kaga, Brain & Development, 2017
'This “tour de LKS” is not only useful for professionals dealing with LKS but also an enrichment for everybody interested in childhood epilepsy and especially in the relationship between epilepsy, neurological, and developmental aspects of language, cognition, and sleep. It is equally attractive for clinically as well as scientifically oriented child neurologists, speech, and language therapists, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, and neurobiologists.'
Bigna Katrin Bölsterli Heinzle, Neuropediatrics, 2017
'This is a very readable summary of the literature and comprehensive knowledge gained through a career of study of acquired epileptic aphasia. The authors make the convincing case that the Landau-Kleffner syndrome as historically taught is but a severe form of what should be thought of as epilepsy-aphasia spectrum disorder of childhood. Included throughout the book are the limits of current knowledge and suggestions of areas of further research needed. This book was very helpful to understanding this area and why it is hard to understand. This would be recommended reading for anyone with questions about the epilepsy-aphasia link.'
American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Development Medicine Newsletter, 2017
'The experienced authors of this book are to be commended for their comprehensive overview of the epilepsyaphasia spectrum, which presents a challenge in both identification and management despite having been described for decades. The book is illustrated with many case studies that enrich the more academic content and provide a resource for future hypothesis-driven research. A particular strength is the longitudinal follow-up into adult life of many cases originally presenting in childhood and the emphasis on the ‘whole person’; hence, this book is appropriate for primary care physicians, paediatricians, neurologists, psychiatrists, allied health professionals, and educationalists.'
Michael Absoud and Gillian Baird, Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 2017