Monday, July 20, 2009

Children with Seizure-Related Developmental Disabilities Respond to Behavioral Treatment, Study Finds

Brookville, N.Y. – Infants who experience seizures may go on to have difficulty understanding the meaning of sounds – but the condition can be eased through persistent positive reinforcement by parents and caregivers, a professor of psychology at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University reports.

“The problem is not that the subjects can’t hear; it is that they have trouble learning what the sounds mean,” said John C. Neill, Ph.D. “The good news is that we also found that it was possible to teach subjects to learn how to respond correctly to sounds with the right behavioral procedures.”

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