Epilepsy & Autism

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Epilepsy

Rates of epilepsy among children and adults with autism may be higher than 30% compared with those who are neurotypical - for whom rates are 1%. » read more

 

Test and Investigations

Difficulties may arise with an autistic person's ability to » read more

 

Developmental and Age Related Issues

One of the more complicated developmental implications of a child or adult with autism having epilepsy » read more

 

Subclinical Seizures

Not all seizures are overt and noticeable, some may be subclinical and difficult to detect by observation. » read more

 

Ketogenic Diet

Dietary intervention has a small role overall in paediatric epilepsy and is not a substitute for medication. » read more

 

Treatment Issues

Treatment is essentially the same - all children and adults with autism will be treated with the same medication options as non-autistic children and adults. » read more

 

Observation and Monitoring

Accurate observation through witness accounts and the keeping of a seizure observation diary » read more

 

Environmental and Intrinsic Triggers

Children and adults with ASD may be more sensitive in general to certain sensory stimuli » read more

 

Differential Diagnoses and Diagnostic Overlap

In some types of epilepsy symptoms may manifest which can lead to diagnostic confusion between epilepsy and other conditions » read more

 
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