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Can I Tell You about Epilepsy? A Guide for Friends, Family, and Professionals. Kate Lambert, $15.95 (ages 7+)

Meet Ellie — a young girl with epilepsy. Ellie invites readers to learn about epilepsy from her perspective. She introduces us to some friends who help present the varying forms of epilepsy. Ellie and her friends help children to understand the obstacles that they face by telling them what it feels like to have epilepsy, how it affects them physically and emotionally, how epilepsy can be treated and how the condition is often misunderstood by people who do not know the facts.

This illustrated book is full of useful information and will be an ideal introduction for children, and will be an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.


Childhood Epilepsy: Management from Diagnosis to Remission. Richard Appleton & Peter Camfield, $15.95

Sixty percent of the epilepsies start in childhood, and most of the clinically significant and often life-changing aspects of the disease occur at this time. Childhood epilepsy is frequently a complex disorder, demanding integrated medical, educational and community services. Its treatment encompasses acute and disability medicine. The many types or syndromes of childhood epilepsy present both diagnostic and management challenges. Although many children with epilepsy will be referred to specialist units, the majority will initially present to paediatricians and paediatric neurologists. This book provides a practical, problem-oriented manual to help clinicians with diagnosis, evaluation and management. This book addresses epilepsy as an evolving disorder from presentation, through active disease and finally to either spontaneous remission or a chronic lifelong condition. Structured on the child's age at presentation, Childhood Epilepsy offers a practical overview for paediatricians, paediatric neurologists and primary care practitioners who treat children with epilepsy in their daily practice.


Children with Seizures: a Guide for Parents, Teachers and Other Professionals. Martin Kutscher, $24.95

This concise, accessible handbook for families, friends and carers of children with seizures provides all the information they need to approach seizures from a position of strength. This reassuring, informal, and upbeat book will reinforce and help clarify the discussion with the child’s treating medical professional.

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The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Epilepsy. Elaine Wylie, $18.99

Many myths surround epilepsy and it’s hard to separate them from the facts. The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Epilepsy offers the facts, current research and treatment information, insights and inspiring stories. This encouraging book offers guidance to all ages.


Epilepsy Explained: a Book for People Who Want to Know More. M. Reuber, S. Schachter, C. Elger & U. Altrup, $25.50

Filled with illustrations on almost every page and boasting an attractive and stimulating layout, Epilepsy Explained offers a wealth of crystal clear information on epilepsy, intended for patients, family members, friends, and caregivers.

This down-to-earth book is divided into easy-to-digest sections that address such fundamental questions as what epilepsy is, what happens in different types of epileptic seizures, how epilepsy is diagnosed, and how seizures are treated. The book includes information for particular groups of readers such as women, children, and teens. It has an easy-to-follow organization, is clearly structured and has a detailed index and glossary, allowing readers to easily find specific information pertaining to their condition.

Written by physicians who work daily with epilepsy, this clear and engaging book provides people with the knowledge they need to make informed choices about their illness.


Epilepsy in Children: What Every Parent Needs to Know. Orrin Devinsky, with Erin Conway & Courtney Schnabel Glick, $31.95

For the parent of a child with epilepsy, an easy-to-read guide to understanding and managing the disorder while helping your child achieve and maintain a high quality of life. From a leading neurologist, experienced nurse practitioner, and registered dietician comes the complete guide to managing your child is life with epilepsy. Epilepsy in Children offers the practical advice and information you need to manage your childís seizures safely and effectively, understand the latest treatment options, and find hope for a seizure-free future. Key Features:

  • Get the right diagnosis for your child and the correct treatment to reduce the frequency of seizures faster
  • Learn the benefits and risks of pharmaceutical, surgical, and alternative therapies including the ketogenic diet
  • Help your child maintain a normal life at school, with friends, and in sports and other activities
  • Navigate the transitions from infancy and childhood, to puberty, to becoming a young adult

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Epilepsy on Our Terms: Stories by Children with Seizures and Their Parents. Edited by Steven Schachter, $27.00

In their own words, children and parents vividly describe the experiences of handling the crisis of the initial seizure, adjusting to the diagnosis of epilepsy, coping with seizures, managing medications and side effects, and dealing with health care providers, teachers, schoolmates, siblings, and friends. These accounts provide realistic insights into the myriad issues encountered in living with childhood epilepsy. The book also includes a straightforward medical discussion of childhood seizures; a glossary of medical terms; and a guide for schoolteachers and parents.


Epilepsy: a Patient and Family Guide, 3rd Edition. Orrin Devinsky, $25.50

Epilepsy: Patient and Family Guide, 3rd Edition offers a comprehensive and authoritative discussion of epilepsy for the patient. Written by a leading expert in the field, this extensively updated third edition incorporates many comments and suggestions from real patients and their families. This guide will answer commonly asked questions about epilepsy, dispel uncertainties and fears, and encourage those diagnosed with epilepsy to become strong advocates in their medical care.

  • Ideal for patients or parents of children with epilepsy, this book discusses:
  • The nature and diversity of seizures
  • The factors that can cause or prevent seizures
  • The most current information about all antiepileptic drugs
  • Medical, surgical, and alternative therapies for seizures
  • Legal, financial, and employment issues

Epilepsy and Pregnancy. Stacey Chillemi & Blanca Vazquez, $22.00

An essential guide to any woman with epilepsy who needs clear, reliable information on pregnancy and related issues.

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Epilepsy: the Ultimate Teen Guide. Kathlyn Gay & Sean McGarrahan, $22.00

There are many different types of epilepsy, and each type has different behavioral effects and is treated with different methods. This book, written specifically for a teen audience, dispels the myths, misconceptions, and misunderstandings about epilepsy and people who have the disorder. It provides positive, factual medical information and advice for teens on living a normal life by understanding the symptoms; being alert to the signs and factors that precipitate seizures; and educating themselves about treatment methods, medications, and management strategies.


Epilepsy in Women: the Facts. Tim Betts & Harriet Clarke, $27.95

Women with epilepsy have different needs to men with epilepsy, especially at various stages in their life cycle. Epilepsy and its treatment can affect or compromise the menstrual cycle, contraception, fertility and pregnancy, child development in the womb, child care and the menopause. Conversely the menstrual cycle, contraception, pregnancy and the menopause can all affect epilepsy and its management. Epilepsy in Women: The Facts adopts the female perspective and describes in detail the special problems that epilepsy can cause. It offers information and practical advice on the symptoms, diagnosis and management of the different types of epilepsy, providing an invaluable resource that will empower women with the knowledge that they need to take control of their health and to cope with their condition. The book contains numerous case histories, which provide surprising insights into the experiences of women with epilepsy, and 'Myths' and 'Facts' boxes which help the reader sort the valuable information from the misleading.


Growing Up with Epilepsy: a Practical Guide for Parents. Lynn Bennett Blackburn, $25.95

This book provides the tools you need to raise a child with epilepsy, to support his/her social development, provide effective discipline, and negotiate the educational system.

Each stage in your child's life presents unique issues and problems, ranging from finding day care to school programming to driving. This book is organized so that you can go to the information that you need when you need it, returning for updates as your child grows and new issues emerge.

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I Have Epilepsy. It Doesn't Have Me. Jamie Bacigalupo & Judy Bacigalupo, illustrated by Inga Shalvashvili, $19.95 (ages 5-9)

Follow eight year old Jamie on her journey from being diagnosed with Benign Rolandic Epilepsy at age five, and see how epilepsy has not stopped her from doing great things!


Keto Kid: Helping Your Child Succeed on the Ketogenic Diet. Deborah Snyder, $22.00

For many children with epilepsy, the only reliable way to control seizures is the ketogenic diet: a mathematically calculated, doctor-supervised plan that strictly limits both calories and liquid intake. KETO KID: HELPING YOUR CHILD SUCCEED ON THE KETOGENIC DIET is a practical guide that enables families to successfully master this nutritional therapy.

Written by Deborah Snyder, a family physician and mother of a four-year-old "keto-kid," the book provides compassionate advice for parents transitioning to a lifestyle where one extra bite of food can have serious repercussions on a child's health. This unique book gives readers the facts about the day-to-day management of the diet, while communicating the emotional struggle encountered by children who must learn self-control at a very young age. This book is an indispensable resource for families embarking on this challenging, but effective, treatment.


The Ketogenic and Modified Atkins Diets: Treatments for Epilepsy and Other Disorders, 6th Edition. Eric Kossoff, et al, $42.95

Now in its sixth edition, The Ketogenic and Modified Atkins Diets is the established, authoritative book on these groundbreaking epilepsy treatments. Written for parents, patients, dietitians, and neurologists, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone considering or starting a ketogenic diet for epilepsy or another neurologic disorder. Chapters cover implementation, recipes, fine-tuning the diets, connecting with support groups, the latest research on the effectiveness of the diets, and much more.

The sixth edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect current advances and applications. Two entirely new sections are devoted to the use of ketogenic diets for epilepsy in adults, and diets that can help alleviate the symptoms of other conditions such as cancer, dementia, autism, and migraines. Coverage of the modified Atkins diet is significantly expanded to reflect the growing popularity of this less restrictive diet.

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Mommy I Feel Funny! A Child’s Experience of Epilepsy. Danielle Rocheford, illustrated by Chris Herrick, $16.95

Mommy, I Feel Funny is based on a true story of Nel, a little girl who experiences having an epileptic seizure for the first time. The story takes you through the days immediately following her first seizure, bringing out Nel’s thoughts, fears and emotions, which are common with the discovery, understanding and acceptance of epilepsy. Having experienced epilepsy first hand for twenty-five years, the author shares her feelings through a child’s eye.


My Daddy Has Epilepsy. Stacey Chillemi, $23.95
My Mommy Has Epilepsy
. Stacey Chillemi, $18.95

These two books use simple illustrations and text to explain to children what epilepsy is and what to do when someone is having a seizure.


100 Questions & Answers about Your Child’s Epilepsy. Anuradha Singh, $29.95

An excellent, practical resource for learning about and working with the medical and emotional effects on a child with epilepsy.

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Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood: a Guide for Parents, 3rd Edition. John Freeman et al, $24.95

Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood is the standard resource for parents in need of comprehensive medical information about their child with epilepsy. Now in its third edition, this highly praised book has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the latest approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy in childhood, including the use of the ketogenic diet as a treatment for children who either do not respond to traditional drug therapy or who suffer intolerable side effects from medications.

In addition to providing up-to-date information about new diagnostic techniques as well as new drugs, diet, and surgical treatments, the authors have included a chapter addressing routine health care for children with epilepsy and a new chapter on complementary and alternative therapies. Also new to this edition are discussions of the progress made in the evaluation for surgery, a chapter on insurance issues, and a section detailing additional resources.


Silently Seizing: Common, Unrecognized and Frequently Missed Seizures and Their Potentially Damaging Impact on Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Caren Haines, $28.95

Intersecting at two medical sub-specialties, neurology and psychiatry, the child who has autism and partial seizures is at a serious disadvantage. By inadvertently allowing children's brains to "silently seize," we are robbing children of their ability to function normally. When treated early with anti-seizure medications, many children show amazing gains in expressive language and comprehension. Many begin to speak and learn as many troubling behaviors begin to disappear. Even more important, many children lose their diagnosis of autism. SILENTLY SEIZING includes sections on what autism is, the seizure-autism connection, tips for diagnosing and treating seizures, as well as how to better understand children's behavior.

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Sometimes I Get the Wiggles. Andee Cooper & Thomas Hilley, $30.00

Kannon is a little boy with a form of epilepsy that sometimes gives him the wiggles, and when that happens, just like Jell-O, his whole body jiggles. Kannon would very much like to go to school with everyone else his age, but he worries his condition might scare the other children away. After much thought, he comes up with an idea to enlist and train all of his classmates as Seizure Heroes as a way of helping his teacher and his fellow students see him through each school day. Based on a true story and written by Kannon's mother.


Taking Seizure Disorders to School: a Story about Epilepsy. Kim Gosselin, $14.95

This beautifully illustrated and fun-to-read storybook simplifies and normalizes a complicated childhood condition. When read aloud, other children can identify why a peer may be treated differently and begin to empathize with them. In addition, children whose conditions set them apart as being different begin to feel accepted and safe.

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Complete Booklist

Can I Tell You about Epilepsy? A Guide for Friends, Family, and Professionals. Kate Lambert, $15.95 (ages 7+)

Childhood Epilepsy: Management from Diagnosis to Remission. Richard Appleton & Peter Camfield, $15.95

Children with Seizures: a Guide for Parents, Teachers and Other Professionals. Martin Kutscher, $24.95

The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Epilepsy. Elaine Wylie, $18.99

Epilepsy Explained: a Book for People Who Want to Know More. M. Reuber, S. Schachter, C. Elger & U. Altrup, $31.95

Epilepsy in Children: What Every Parent Needs to Know. Orrin Devinsky, with Erin Conway & Courtney Schnabel Glick, $30.95

Epilepsy on Our Terms: Stories by Children with Seizures and Their Parents. Edited by Steven Schachter, $29.95

Epilepsy and Pregnancy. Stacey Chillemi & Blanca Vazquez, $22.00

Epilepsy: a Patient and Family Guide, 3rd Edition. Orrin Devinsky, $25.50

Epilepsy: the Ultimate Teen Guide. Kathlyn Gay & Sean McGarrahan, $262.00

Epilepsy in Women: the Facts. Tim Betts & Harriet Clarke, $27.95

Growing Up with Epilepsy: a Practical Guide for Parents. Lynn Bennett Blackburn, $25.95

I Have Epilepsy. It Doesn't Have Me. Jamie Bacigalupo & Judy Bacigalupo, illustrated by Inga Shalvashvili, $19.95 (ages 5-9)

Keto Kid: Helping Your Child Succeed on the Ketogenic Diet. Deborah Snyder, $22.00

The Ketogenic and Modified Atkins Diets: Treatments for Epilepsy and Other Disorders, 6th Edition. Eric Kossoff, et al, $39.95

Mommy I Feel Funny! A Child’s Experience of Epilepsy. Danielle Rocheford, illustrated by Chris Herrick, $16.95

My Daddy Has Epilepsy. Stacey Chillemi, $23.95

My Mommy Has Epilepsy. Stacey Chillemi, $18.95

100 Questions & Answers about Your Child’s Epilepsy. Anuradha Singh, $21.95

Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood: a Guide for Parents, 3rd Edition. John Freeman et al, $24.95

Silently Seizing: Common, Unrecognized and Frequently Missed Seizures and Their Potentially Damaging Impact on Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Caren Haines, $28.95

Sometimes I Get the Wiggles. Andee Cooper & Thomas Hilley, $30.00

Taking Seizure Disorders to School: a Story about Epilepsy. Kim Gosselin, $14.95

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