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Reading comprehension difficulties in children with rolandic epilepsy

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>03/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Issue number3
Volume60
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)275-282
Publication statusPublished
Early online date14/12/17
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

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.

Bibliographic note

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 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/dmcn.13628/abstract This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.