Reading comprehension difficulties in children with rolandic epilepsy

Currie, Nicola Kate and Lew, Adina Raquel and Palmer, Thomas Michael and Basu, Helen and De Goede, Christian and Ayer, Anand and Cain, Kate (2018) Reading comprehension difficulties in children with rolandic epilepsy. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 60 (3). pp. 275-282. ISSN 0012-1622

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Aim Difficulties in reading comprehension can arise from either word reading or listening comprehension difficulties, or a combination of the two. We sought to determine whether children with rolandic epilepsy had poor reading comprehension relative to typically developing comparison children, and whether such difficulties were associated with word reading and/or general language comprehension difficulties. Method In this cross-sectional study, children with rolandic epilepsy (n=25; 16 males, 9 females; mean age 9y 1mo, SD 1y 7mo) and a comparison group (n=39; 25 males, 14 females; mean age 9y 1mo, SD 1y 3mo) completed assessments of reading comprehension, listening comprehension, word/non-word reading, speech articulation, and Non-verbal IQ. Results Reading comprehension and word reading were worse in children with rolandic epilepsy (F1,61=6.89, p=0.011, math formula=0.10 and F1,61=6.84, p=0.011, math formula=0.10 respectively), with listening comprehension being marginal (F1,61=3.81, p=0.055, math formula=0.06). Word reading and listening comprehension made large and independent contributions to reading comprehension, explaining 70% of the variance. Interpretation Children with rolandic epilepsy may be at risk of reading comprehension difficulties. Thorough assessment of individual children is required to ascertain whether the difficulties lie with decoding text, or with general comprehension skills, or both. What this paper adds Children with rolandic epilepsy may be at risk of poor reading comprehension. This was related to poor word reading, poor listening comprehension, or both. Reading comprehension interventions should be tailored to the profile of difficulties.

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Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article:Currie, N. K., Lew, A. R., Palmer, T. M., Basu, H., De Goede, C., Iyer, A. and Cain, K. (2018), Reading comprehension difficulties in children with rolandic epilepsy. Dev Med Child Neurol, 60: 275–282. doi:10.1111/dmcn.13628 which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
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?? clinical neurologypediatrics, perinatology, and child healthdevelopmental neuroscience ??
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