School Performance After Epilepsy Surgery: Working Memory and Cognitive Load

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Many children face challenges at school after epilepsy surgery. They may have difficulty making or maintaining academic progress for various reasons. This Power Hour will discuss the concept of cognitive load and offer perspectives on how it can help you and your child’s team understand how they learn, both at home and at school. We will learn about working memory and its relationship to reading, oral language, math skills, and other academic areas. Suggestions for advocacy and accommodations that can be integrated into the IEP process and in direct discussions with teachers and other educators will be provided.


Amy is a speech language pathologist who works in the Department of Speech, Language, and Swallowing Disorders at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. She is also a researcher at the MGH Institute of Health Profession’s (IHP) Rehabilitation Sciences program in the Brain, Education, and Mind (BEAM) lab, directed by Dr. Joanna Christodoulou. Amy’s research and clinical interests fall at the intersection of speech language pathology and neurosurgery, and she is passionate about understanding and advocating for the best possible neurocognitive outcomes in adults and children undergoing neurosurgery. While her expertise is focused on language and literacy, her clinical experience extends across other academic skills areas, including math and executive function skills.


Power Hour sessions are brought to you by our corporate sponsor UCB.


About Power Hour

We understand that being a parent of a child who is anywhere on the epilepsy surgery journey can be challenging and overwhelming at times. That’s why we’ve created our Power Hour workshops – to provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to empower yourself and your child.

These workshops are designed to be non-intimidating and easy to understand. We use real-life examples to make sure you can easily follow along and apply what you learn.

During the workshops, we’ll cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Understanding your child’s needs and the impact it may have on their development;
  • Navigating the educational system and finding the right resources for your child;
  • Building a support system for yourself and your family;
  • Self-care and stress management for parents of children with disabilities

…. and more!

By empowering yourself and your child, you can better advocate for their needs and create a more positive and fulfilling life for both of you.

Power Hour workshops are held online and can be attended from the comfort of your own home. They are open to all parents and primary caregivers of children anywhere on the epilepsy surgery journey. We hope you’ll join us for these valuable and informative workshops. Sign up today and take the first step toward empowerment!



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