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Long term linguistic consequences of head injury in childhood and adolescence Mitchell, Gail A.


Considerable interest has been expressed regarding the issue of recovery of language following head injury in childhood. The two questions most frequently addressed are: 1) Do children recover linguistic abilities faster and better than adults after suffering a head Injury? 2) Is the linguistic disorder, if evident, mainly syntactic or lexical in nature? We have examined 8 children from 6;10-17; 0 who suffered traumatic head injury and who are in varying stages of recovery. Each child has been matched with a normal child of the same age. Despite reports of complete recovery from childhood aphasia, our results indicate persistent word finding problems, with otherwise normal language abilities. There was no correlation between severity of deficit and age at injury or length of coma.

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