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Epilepsy Behav. 2007 Feb;10(1):170-8. Epub 2006 Dec 4.

The benefits of a camp designed for children with epilepsy: evaluating adaptive behaviors over 3 years.

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Children's National Medical Center, Division of Neurosciences and Behavioral Medicine, Department of Neurology, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC 20010-2970, USA. scushwei@cnmc.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Children with epilepsy attending a condition-specific overnight camp were evaluated for behavioral changes over 3 consecutive years, using a modification of the Vineland Adaptive Behavioral Scale.

METHODS:

Trained counselors completed pre- and postcamp assessments for each camper. Repeated-measures MANOVA was used to analyze effects of the camp experience for each year, with respect to gender and age. Repeated-measures ANOVA was conducted to evaluate long-term effects from year-to-year comparisons for return campers, following three successive camp experiences.

RESULTS:

A significant change in social interaction was observed over 3 years. Despite some decline at the start of camp in consecutive years, the overall trend for return campers suggests a positive cumulative impact of continued camp participation, with improvements in the domains of social interaction, responsibility, and communication.

CONCLUSION:

A condition-specific camp designed for children with epilepsy can improve adaptive behaviors and social interactions. Overall net gains appear to increase over time, suggesting additional benefits for return campers.

PMID:
17145202
DOI:
10.1016/j.yebeh.2006.10.007
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