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A.W. Byars: Division of Neurology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 3333 Burnet Avenue, ML 2015, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229, USA. Fax: +1 513 636 1888. anna.byars@cchmc.org.

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Research Funding:

This research was supported by the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke (NS22416, J. Austin, P.I.).

Keywords:

  • Science & Technology
  • Life Sciences & Biomedicine
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry
  • Neurosciences & Neurology
  • Seizures
  • Children
  • Language
  • Social function
  • COMPETENCE
  • SEIZURES
  • ADJUSTMENT
  • PROGRAM
  • ASSOCIATION
  • MECHANISMS
  • VARIABLES
  • ADULTS
  • SKILLS
  • TRIAL

Language and social functioning in children and adolescents with epilepsy

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Journal Title:

Epilepsy and Behavior

Volume:

Volume 31

Publisher:

, Pages 167-171

Type of Work:

Article | Post-print: After Peer Review

Abstract:

Individuals with epilepsy have difficulties with social function that are not adequately accounted for by seizure severity or frequency. This study examined the relationship between language ability and social functioning in 193 children with epilepsy over a period of 36. months following their first recognized seizure. The findings show that children with persistent seizures have poorer language function, even at the onset of their seizures, than do their healthy siblings, children with no recurrent seizures, and children with recurrent but not persistent seizures. They continue to demonstrate poorer language function 36. months later. This poor language function is associated with declining social competence. Intervention aimed at improving social competence should include consideration of potential language deficits that accompany epilepsy and social difficulty.

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© 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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