I have to be honest but until I read the blog post-
I had never realized how much epilepsy and autism seem to inter-relate, this is despite having supported people with both autistic spectrum and epilepsy health problems who were taking anticonvulsant medication. It goes to show how a different perspective can help with a problem.
I had just never looked into it from this point of view, but now I’m intrigued.
Like many things in life once you see something in one place – you start seeing it everywhere!
Low and behold the Epilepsy Therapy Project newsletter this month has a book review that looks very promising.
‘Silently Seizing’ by Caren Haines, with input from Nancy Minshew.
It is reviewed by by Joseph I. Sirven, MD, Editor-in-Chief, epilepsy.com Last Reviewed: 11/28/2012
I have put up the link to the review at the top of the page, I find this newsletter very interesting.
‘A conundrum often faced by those with autism and/or epilepsy is the confusion between these seemingly disparate conditions. Many facets of autism spectrum disorder can have aspects that are similar to the presentation of epilepsy, and vice versa’.
The summary at the end says:
‘This book is a must read for anybody who is interested in understanding the multiple similarities, differences and approaches to dealing with silently seizing. Because of the fragmented nature of healthcare in the United States, it is important to empower oneself with knowledge so as to serve as one’s own best advocate.’
I’m just off to order it now. Thank-you Epilepsy Therapy Project and Ahmrita Nautral Mental Health.
For US Epilepsy Self Advocacy Blog see link: