Speech-language outcomes of hemispherectomy in children and young adults

Rachel E. Stark, Ken Bleile, Jason Brandt, John Freeman, Eileen P.G. Vining

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Children and young adults who had undergone right or left hemispherectomy for intractable seizures after a period of normal language acquisition were compared with respect to scores on speech and language tests. The majority of the subjects had full scale IQs in the borderline to mentally retarded range. Language scores were computed in relation to estimated mental age, not chronological age. On this basis, the left hemispherectomized children were more likely to show syntactic comprehension and rapid-rate auditory processing deficits than the right hemispherectomized. The two groups were similar to one another and to normal children in speech production. The findings are discussed in relation to developmental language disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)406-421
Number of pages16
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Speech and Hearing

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