Correlation between language impairment and problems in motor development in children with rolandic epilepsy

Geke M. Overvliet*, Albert P. Aldenkamp, Sylvia Klinkenberg, Joost Nicolai, Johan S. H. Vles, Rene M. H. Besseling, Walter Backes, Jacobus F. A. Jansen, Paul A. Hofman, Jos Hendriksen

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Objective: An association between impaired school performance and rolandic epilepsy is frequently reported. Language outcome, in particular, seems to be affected, although rolandic epilepsy originates from the motor-sensory cortex. In this study we tried to find a correlation between locomotion problems and language impairment. Methods: In this noncontrolled, open, clinical cohort study of 48 children with rolandic epilepsy, a 24-hour EEG and a neuropsychological assessment were obtained for all children. Results: Children with rolandic epilepsy had a significant delay in reading skills (reading words: mean = 6 months, SD = 11.9, P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-531
JournalEpilepsy & Behavior
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011


  • Rolandic epilepsy
  • Language impairment
  • Motor development
  • Reading performance

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