Language and social functioning in children and adolescents with epilepsy

Anna W. Byars, Ton J. deGrauw, Cynthia S. Johnson, Susan M. Perkins, Philip S. Fastenau, David W. Dunn, Joan K. Austin

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-171
Number of pages5
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
StatePublished - Feb 2014


  • Children
  • Language
  • Seizures
  • Social function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neurology

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