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Benign childhood epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (BECTS) and developmental co-ordination disorder

Kirby, Amanda, Williams, Natalie, Koelewijn, Loes, Brindley, Lisa M., Muthukumaraswamy, Suresh D., te Water Naude, Johann, Thomas, Marie, Gibbon, Frances, Singh, Krishna and Khalid, Hamandi 2017. Benign childhood epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes (BECTS) and developmental co-ordination disorder. Epilepsy & Behavior 72 , pp. 122-126. 10.1016/j.yebeh.2017.04.014

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Background Benign epilepsy with centro-temporal spikes (BECTS) is a common childhood epilepsy syndrome also known as Rolandic Epilepsy (RE). Neurocognitive phenotypes have been described with greater focus on attention, reading and language domains but there have been far fewer studies focusing on motor functioning. This study included measures of motor, language and cognition in order to investigate the range, degree and pattern of difficulties associated with BECTS in a case series of children, but with a particular emphasis on motor skills. Method Twenty-one children aged between 8 and 16 years with a diagnosis of BECTS were asked to complete standardized assessments for language, cognition, motor functioning and handwriting. Results When measuring across language, cognitive and motor domains, 19 (90.48%) of the twenty-one children with a diagnosis of BECTS showed some difficulties on at least one area of functioning using standardized assessment tests. Of particular note nearly half (47.62%) of the children had some difficulties in one or more areas of motor functioning. Discussion Children with BECTS have a heterogeneous pattern of neurocognitive impairments. The presence of motor difficulties (DCD) should be considered in all children routinely seen in clinical settings with BECTS and included in any screening processes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Child psychology; General paediatrics; Neurodevelopment; Paediatric practice
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1525-5050
Funders: Waterloo Foundation
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 June 2017
Date of Acceptance: 7 April 2017
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2021 03:03

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