Academic performance in children with new-onset seizures and asthma: A prospective study

Angela M. McNelis, David W. Dunn, Cynthia S. Johnson, Joan K. Austin, Susan M. Perkins

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The purpose of this study was to compare teachers' ratings of academic performance over 24 months between children with new-onset seizures (N = 121) and those with new-onset asthma (N = 54) aged 4 to 14. At each data collection point (baseline, 12 months, 24 months), children with seizures were placed into two groups according to their recurrent seizure status (yes/no) during that period. Longitudinal linear mixed models were used to explore differences between the asthma group and the two seizure groups and to determine if differences in teachers' ratings of performance in children with seizures were associated with age, gender, or use of medication. In the seizure sample, scores for children in both groups (with and without recurrent seizures) initially declined at 12 months; however, at 24 months, children who did not have recurrent seizures improved, whereas children who continued to have recurrent seizures declined. There was a trend for younger children to decline more than older children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-318
Number of pages8
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2007


  • Academic achievement
  • Epilepsy
  • Pediatric
  • School
  • Teacher ratings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neurology

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