Epilepsy-Aphasia Spectrum – Chapter 8: From Rolandic Epilepsy to Landau–Kleffner Syndrome (ebook)


Chapter 8 – From Rolandic Epilepsy to Landau–Kleffner Syndrome

The study of the continuum between rolandic epilepsy and Landau–Kleffner syndrome is our starting point for thinking about acquired language and other disturbances that can be found in these epilepsies. As discussed in the historical section (Chapter 2), it took some time to recognize that children with rolandic epilepsy could have from onset or later on epileptic foci in another than the centrotemporal location, that these foci could be bilateral or multiple, that they could propagate locally or more diffusely and get variably activated during sleep. At the same time, the importance of the role of both hemispheres in speech and language development was gradually uncovered.

About the book

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 EAS. The book includes vivid first-hand accounts of the impact of language loss by adults who have grown up with LKS.

Readership: epileptologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, speech and language therapists and trainees in those areas.