You could introduce this case study as part of a biology assignment.
Children should have some fundamental understanding of the human
brain to benefit from this study.
Michael Rehbein was an athletic seven-year-old, climbing trees
and playing ball. But then he began suffering uncontrollable seizures--60
or 70 on a good day, as many as 300 or 400 on a bad day. Doctors
said the only solution was to remove the site of the seizures, which,
in Michael's case was the left hemisphere. His parents approached
Michael with the decision about having the surgery which would involve
removing nearly half of his brain. Together they decided to proceed.
The emotional part of his brain would not be affected since this
part of the brain is in the very center in a group of structures
called the "limbic system." Recovery was painfully slow
since Michael had to learn to walk and talk all over again. Six
months after his surgery, Michael could only make one- or two-word
utterances. But Michael was determined. One teacher who worked with
him remembered the first full sentence Michael said to her: "I
love you with all my heart."
After much work, incredible perseverence, and support from his
mom and dad, Michael is now a teenager and getting on with life.
His father said, "He's the same boy inside that he was before
the surgery. He hasn't lost his drive."
Adapted from The Secret Life of the Brain by Richard Restak
(Joseph Henry Press, 2001).