Silently Seizing: Common, Unrecognized, and Frequently Missed Seizures and Their Potentially Damaging Impact on Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders is an extremely informative book. It's written by Caren Haines, RN who is not only a registered nurse but also the mother of a 24 year old son diagnosed with autism who suffers from seizures.
Caren makes the important point that often times medical professionals analyze the behavior of a person with autism as just being part and parcel of autism, when in fact most of us parents and wise educators have figured out that all behavior is communication. In some cases, a child or teen may be having subclinical seizures and instead of treatment is given a behavior plan.
Most people recognize grand mal seizures. However not many know how to recognize an absence seizure, a partial seizure, or a complex partial seizure – they may interpret the odd behavior as a characteristic of autism. In Silently Seizing, winner of the prestigious National Parenting Publications Award, readers can learn about the different sizures and what signs to look for.