Epilepsy and School Readiness in Childhood

Dr. Asuri N. Prasad and his team are studying how well children with epilepsy perform on standardized academic tests when starting school. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth, Dr. Prasad and his team have examined the standardized test scores of children with seizures, some of whom also have other neurological conditions (such as cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and emotional conditions).

Dr. Prasad and his colleagues found that children with epilepsy scored lower on academic tests than their peers without health issues, while children with epilepsy who have other co-existing conditions were likely to score even lower. These results suggest that children with epilepsy and other health impairments are at a greater risk of under-achieving in school.

Therefore, children with epilepsy – particularly with other neurological conditions – may need additional supports within the school system to enhance their academic success. This research shows the need for the school system to invest more time and resources into supporting children with epilepsy and other neurological conditions.

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