|EpilepsyUSA explores deeper connect-|
ions between Epilepsy and Autism.
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are ten times as likely to have epilepsy as other children are. And the arrow of causality flies both ways: several epilepsy syndromes, such as infantile spasms, if not treated promptly, result in ASD-like symptoms. Tuberous sclerosis also often starts with seizures, with ASD-like symptoms emerging only later. Only recently have researchers and clinicians from the epilepsy and autism worlds begun working together to explore the deeper connections. Their work is already shedding light on new paths forward for both fields and, most importantly, for the hundreds of thousands of children worldwide who bear both of these heavy burdens. My article about autism and epilepsy, Deciphering the One-Two Punch: Epilepsy and Autism, is the cover story of the current EpilepsyUSA.