Head Injury and Later Reading Disability

David Shaffer, Polly Bijur, F. D. Oliver, Chadwick, Michael L. Rutter

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Reading ability was studied in a sample of school-age children who had previously sustained a compound depressed fracture of the skull resulting in damage to the underlying cortex. A third of the children were found to have a reading age of at least 24 months behind their chronological age. Severe reading backwardness in children who had post-traumatic epilepsy was more common in boys than girls. Later reading disability was not found to be associated with site of injury. The high rate of reading backwardness in this group suggests the need for careful monitoring of educational progress after childhood head injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)592-610
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1980
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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