Seizure disorders are a group of chronic, noncontagious, neurological disorders characterized by history of, or risk for, recurrent seizures. Seizure disorders can impact people of all ages. As seizure disorders constitute one of the most common neurological conditions in children and adults globally, Speech–Language pathologists should have a fundamental understanding of the disorders and their impact upon individuals. This entry provides a historical perspective on seizure disorders; defines seizure and epilepsy; and discusses diagnosis, prevention, intervention, and the experience of living with a seizure disorder.

A Historical Perspective

In the 1940s, Owsei Temkin’s writings on seizure disorders provided insights into the conceptualizations of the disorders throughout history, demonstrating a progression toward understanding while illuminating the roots of stigma still present today. The earliest text describing the physical ...

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