Does academic achievement in children with epilepsy change over time?
Joan K Austin et Al,
In Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology 1999, 41: 471-479.
This is a 4 years follow-up study of children between age 11 and 17 years.
It compares children with epilepsy to children with asthma.
They divided the children in 4 groups according to the severity of the symptoms.
The results show that there is no change in academic achievements in any of the 4 groups over the 4 years of the study.
Children with inactive and low-severity epilepsy performed in accordance to national norms. Those with high seizure severity had a mean score 3 to 5 points below normal (mean 50 points and SD 10 points).
Improvement of the epilepsy did not seem to influence any change in academic achievement over time.