We looked at complex sentences that neurologically-typical children acquire relatively late in life, i.e. between 7 and 9 years. The ability to understand and use these sentences is also fully dependent on the left hemisphere. We compared 10 children after hemispherectomy who were all older than 9 years (hence, we expected they would master these constructions) with healthy children aged 7 to 10 years. We found that half of our participants have successfully mastered these complex grammatical structures following the developmental progression of typical children. To some degree this mastery depended on seizure control after hemispherectomy.
Targeted Journal: Epilepsy and Behavior
Status: In Submission/Review
Collaboration: Univeristy of South Carolina