I replied earlier that LK is a newly discovered disorder - I stand
corrected! It was discovered in 1957. Here are a few references:
Soprano AM, et al,
Acquired epileptic aphasia: Neuropsychological follow-up of 12 Patients,
Pediatric Neurology, Oct. 1994 (a study of 12 LK patients)
Tharpe AM, et al,
Landau-Kleffner syndrome: Acquired Epileptic Aphasia in Children,
Journal of American Academey of Audiology, March 1994
Marien P, et al
Some Controversies About Type and Nature of Aphasic Symptomology in
Landau=Kleffner's Syndrome: a CAse Study,
Acta Neurol Belg 1993;93 (4):183-203
Interestingly, it has been found that some autistic children who do NOT
fit the LK profile may benefit from a course of steroids as is sometimes
used in LK.
In article <3r5hvq$ate at riscsm.scripps.edu>, Wendy Jones
<jones at crl.ucsd.edu> wrote:
> I too have questions about Landau Kleffner Syndrome, and would
> appreciate any information that you may have.
>> From what I have heard so far, Landau Kleffner is diagnosed with an
> abnormal sleep EEG. Children with it characteristically have "normal"
> language development prior to the onset of siezures, at which time their
> language development stops. Apparantly there are drugs (steroids?) that
> can boost the development of language.
>> A parent of a patient gave me this information, but I have thus far not
> followed it up. Please let me know if you have further details.
>> Wendy Jones
> The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
>jones at crl.ucsd.edu