Early-life seizures may prematurely switch on key synapses in the brain that may further cause neurodevelopmental delay among children with autism and other intellectual disabilities finds a new study. According to the researchers antiepileptic drug may keep those synapses silent longer so brain can develop normally. Read: World Autism Awareness Week 2018: Decoding autism. The results revealed a mechanism for the relationship between seizures and later-in-life cognitive impairment as well as a much-needed potential treatment avenue to pursue. Understanding the precise synaptic changes following seizures gives an opportunity to find treatments that can prevent this early 'unsilencing' said Frances E.