Leading experts explain the challenges a child will have after various epilepsy surgeries.

The Reading Brain: Neuroscience and Assessment Implications For Hemispherectomy (and other epilepsy surgeries)

This session at the 2017 Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Conference and Family Reunion focuses on the brain circuits involved in reading, the importance of hearing and listening in learning to read, and how they are impacted after hemispherectomy surgery and other resection surgeries. Presented by Joanna A. Christodoulou whose lab at MIT in the Gabrieli Lab and at MGH Institute of Health Professions, focuses on brain and behavior correlates of development, difficulties, and intervention effects for reading.

Visual Challenges After Hemispherectomy

Dr. Robert Enzenauer, Chief of Pediatric Opthamology at Children’s Hospital of Colorado, discusses homonymous hemianopsia and other visual challenges after hemispherectomy surgery.

Hearing Challenges After Hemispherectomy

Dr. Frank Musiek, PhD, CCC-A, and Director of the University of Arizona’s NeuroAudiology Lab, discusses how hemispherectomy surgery affects the brain’s ability to process sounds and words.

Neuropsychological Assessments After Hemispherectomy

Michael Kirkwood, PhD, MA, Associate Clinical Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Director, Children’s Hospital of Colorado Rehabilitation Psychology / Neuropsychology and Co-Director, CHCO Concussion Program, discusses the finer points of neuropsychological assessments after hemispherectomy, including comparisons to and limitations of school psycho-educational assessments.