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   Posted 5/26/2006 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all. I'm new to this site. I have a child who is almost 10 and the doctor told me yesterday he wanted to do an EEG to see if Drew is having frontal lobe seizures. There was mention of speech arrest, but I don't know much about that. Can anyone explain? I'm not new to seizures (I had a second child with severe special needs who had a seizure disorder - he passed away in March of 2004), but I am new to this area. Thanks for reading,
Heather, mom to Harrison, the boy who loved frogs, born on earth on 6.22.99, born in Heaven on 3.8.04 and to Drew, the best big brother ever!

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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 6/1/2006 1:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I actually have had grand mal seizures since I was 1-year-old and now I am 23! The problem that I have is that I too sound veryunclear at times and the rest of the time, I sound as clear as clear can be! I want to become a special education teacher, so this is a problem for me. I am going to try my best to find a cure for my speech, but whether it has something to do with seizures, auras, epilepsy, etc.....I think it may! It semed reallt weird that in the beginning of this spring semester, I sounded totally unclear to my friends. At that time, I was not having any kind of a seizure, but the other half of the semester, I started having seizure after seizure! I can't help you out except for what I just said! I have spent a great deal with children who have epilepsy because I have worked at camps and some have a speech problem, some don't, and some have a speech problem some of the time and the other times they don't! My best advice for you is to go to an Epilepsy Foundation or Epilepsy Action Program because they have information about everything pertaining to epilepsy!

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Date Joined Feb 2003
Total Posts : 668
   Posted 6/1/2006 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   



Hi. This was originally posted back in Sept/04 but we have lots of new members now and I'm wondering if anyone can relate.

Hi from Ontario for everybody reading this post.

I've had epilepsy since 1979, controlled by meds.
I get a form of petit mal seizures that my Dr. calls "speech arrest". It only lasts a few seconds, I am aware of what is going on around me but I can't respond.
When I try to talk, my speech is slurred (more than usual).
Most people have no problem speaking but I have to concentrate to form every word. (all the time but twice as hard during a speech arrest).
Everybody thinks I'm stoned all the time.
Boy, I didn't realize that we take our speech for granted so much.

Diagnosed with epilepsy and ulcerative colitis in 1979,
Been on meds ever since.

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Date Joined Sep 2003
Total Posts : 18
   Posted 6/2/2006 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Howdy Heather!
re: Speech arrest - This sometimes happens to me. I have
epileptic activity in both temporal lobes and I assume that, in my
case, it is the result of a simple partial seizure in close proximity
to the speech center.
re: EEG - Keep in mind that a normal EEG does not necessarily
mean that a person does not have epilepsy! 
The EEG is merely a method of confirming epilepsy, it can not be
used to eleminate it as a possible problem.
Several people with epilepsy have normal EEGs all the time and
will only show abnormal activity if they happen to have a seizure
at the time of the test!

Dave ©¿©¬

Noli illigitemi carborundum decendus!

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