• University of Padova

Understanding Epilepsy and its Neuropsychology

Find out what epilepsy is and what its cognitive and psychosocial consequences are.

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  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Understand epilepsy from a biopsychosocial perspective

Epilepsy is a common condition, but how much do you know about the neuropsychology of the disorder? On this course, you will learn about the cognitive and psychosocial deficits that epilepsy sufferers can experience.

You will begin with an overview of epilepsy and the techniques used for its medical diagnosis. You will learn what a neuropsychological evaluation involves and the abilities that are assessed. You will also learn how to give first aid to someone suffering from a seizure.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 seconds Hi Roberta, sorry I am late Don’t worry! But you seem shaken what happened? Yes, I am shaken. When I was in the bathroom, and there was a girl by the wall. She was very confused and I was afraid because I wasn’t able to help her. Fortunately, few seconds later a friend of hers arrived and explained to me that she had just had an absence seizure and the confusion was because of it. I think that I know that girl. Maybe she is Alice. Years ago, she was diagnosed with epilepsy and she shows some cognitive difficulties like memory and talking problems. She is often lost and she also complains about her lack of autonomy and her parents worrying.

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 seconds She is not even able to drive! I can’t imagine how difficult it is to learn at school for her. We should always remember that disabilities are not always visible. You are right. I think that everyone should know something about epilepsy and all its consequences, even the cognitive ones. It’s important to also know what it is good to do during a seizure to help the person who is having it. What about following an online course about epilepsy to get prepared? I’m going to present a course on Epilepsy and neuropsychology. This course covers three weeks.

Skip to 1 minute and 23 seconds In the first week I’m going to present the concept of epilepsy and types of seizures The second week will focus on the role of the brain and the specific classification of types of epileptic syndromes. And In the third week I will talk about epilepsy from a psychosocial perspective. I hope you will find this course fruitful and enjoyable

What topics will you cover?

  • Descriptive framework of epilepsy;
  • Medical and neuropsychological assessment of epilepsy;
  • Cognitive and psychosocial effects of epilepsy;
  • First aid for seizures.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Improve your knowledge about epilepsy
  • Explore tests and techniques used to evaluate different aspects of epilepsy
  • Investigate epilepsy from a bio-psychosocial perspective
  • Identify how to basically support someone with seizures

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for healthcare professionals, postgraduate students with an interest in the topic, people who have been diagnosed with epilepsy as well as anyone who lives or works with them and is interested in the neuropsychology of epilepsy.

Who will you learn with?

Psychologist and Professor of Clinical neuropsychology at the University of Padova. Her research focuses on a variety of cognitive disorders following brain injury and degenerative pathologies

I have a master degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Padova. Currently, I am carrying out research in neuropsychology with professor Mondini.

I have a Master degree in Neuroscience and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation at the University of Padova. I am currently doing a reasearch project on epilepsy with Professor Mondini.

Who developed the course?

University of Padova

The University of Padova is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning; it aims to provide its students with both professional training and a solid cultural background.

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