Children with Autism and Learning Difficulties
Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Epilepsy and EEG
Autism is a term which encompasses a spectrum of disorders. All
autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will
affect them in different ways.
People who have an autistic spectrum disorder are more likely to
have epilepsy than people who don't.
It is estimated that as many as 1/3 of individuals with an
autism spectrum disorder also have epilepsy. In addition,
sometimes it is hard to differentiate behaviour associated with
autism and epileptic seizure activity, for example with staring or
repetitive movements. For this reason, many people with
autism will be investigated with EEG.
All of our tests are performed for patients with a wide range of
ages and abilities; however, having an EEG can be a particular
challenge for some individuals with autism.
To help explain the EEG test, we have both a
written information booklets, both designed especially with
children in mind. However, if you need more information, if
you feel your child needs extra help, or if you want to discuss the
test please telephone the department.
For more information please see the Trust website:
CMFT services for
children with autism webpage