Reflecting the enormous changes that have taken place in our knowledge and understanding of developmental disorders, this groundbreaking international volume brings this vast and complex field together for the first time. The editors have collected together the world’s leading academic scholars and clinicians, to explore how current research across a range of different disciplines can inform academic knowledge and clinical practice and help to improve the lives of individuals and their families.The SAGE Handbook of Developmental Disorders is a central reference in the field for all academics, researchers, clinicians and advanced students involved in the study of developmental disorders, including those in clinical psychology, child psychiatry, child mental health, child genetics and pediatrics, speech language pathology, and developmental disabilities and special education.
Introduction and Historical Perspective
Epilepsy is a common problem in the general population, with a lifetime prevalence of 1 to 2% (McDermott et al., 2005). Epileptic disorders do not represent a single disease entity. As with many of the developmental disorders highlighted in this handbook, epilepsy is a chronic disorder with an array of etiologies and pathologies. The hallmark of epilepsy is recurrent unprovoked seizures, which are associated with cognitive, language, behavioral, and psychiatric problems in a significant proportion of children. The severity and variety of developmental impairment associated with epileptic disorders reflect focal or global, structural or functional disruption of neuronal networks.
Individuals with epileptic disorders are more likely to have developmental impairments affecting learning, social interaction, and mood than those without ...