Special Interest Groups


Education Credit

1.5 CME

Nurses may claim up to 1.5 contact hours for this session.

University of Minnesota approves this knowledge-based activity for 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEUs). UAN JA0000810-9999-19-082-L01-P. Initial Release Date: 12/6/19.

SIG: Neuropsychology: Cognitive Rehabilitation in Epilepsy

Convention Center, Rooms 345-346
6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Behavioral Health Providers

Cognitive deficits are prevalent in individuals with epilepsy and negatively impact functional capacity and quality of life. Further, a substantial proportion of those with pharmacoresistant epilepsy experience clinically significant declines in cognitive functions, such as memory and language, following epilepsy surgery. Patients are often referred for speech therapy or cognitive rehabilitation to treat these deficits and improve function. Yet, to date, there is little empirical evidence for the efficacy of such interventions in epilepsy; and almost no evidence in children. This session will:

  • Review the state of knowledge on cognitive rehabilitation in epilepsy
  • Discuss evidence-based methods in other disorders (e.g., stroke, TBI) that can inform how to move the epilepsy field forward
  • Learn about the practical application of these approaches through different program formats (e.g., inpatient, camp, specialized schools, online training).

Coordinators: Robyn  M. Busch, PhD and Madison Berl, PhD

Speakers: Sallie Baxendale, PhD; Kristine Kingley, PsyD; and Beth Slomine, PhD