Children with epilepsy have a much higher rate of reading difficulties when compared to the general population. If the epilepsy is drug resistant, the seizures interfere with knowledge and skill acquisition. Moreover, epilepsy surgery can also negatively impact a child’s reading development in many ways. Because reading involves several different areas of the brain working together, removing or disconnecting parts of the brain can contribute to poor reading development.
In a series of guides we will publish through mid-2019, we will review the basics of reading to help you understand what’s important, discuss how the basics of reading relate to a child who has had epilepsy surgery, the unique obstacles they face on the road to reading, and how to make a plan to overcome them.
Starting early, with proper assessment, intervention, and a thorough understanding of the obstacles to reading, most children after epilepsy surgery have a chance to become literate.
Part 1- Understanding the Big Five for the early or struggling reader (pdf) (October 2018)
Part 2: How the brain reads (coming soon)
Part 3: How epilepsy surgery affects reading circuits (coming soon)
Part 4: Reading Assessments (coming soon)
Part 5: Intervention strategies (coming soon)