ERIC Number: ED258397
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
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Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response in Children with Central Language Disturbance.
Piggott, Leonard R.; Anderson, Theodora
Journal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry, v22 p535-40 1983
Two groups of 10 children between the ages of 94 and 165 months were paired for age (wthin 6 months) and sex and were compared for Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response patterns. One child in each pair showed evidence of central language disturbance as determined by neuropsychological testing. The other did not. All had normal hearing and IQs of 80 or above. Ss with central language disturbance showed longer latencies and interwave transmission times than did controls. The segments in which the differences reached significance did not extend past wave III. Findings indicated that Ss with central language disturbance may have auditory stimuli transmission disturbances below the level of the olivary nuclei. It is speculated that at least a portion of the slowed brainstem transmission findings in many children with diagnoses of autism, retardation, and minimal brain dysfunction may relate to language disturbance. (CL)
Dr. Leonard Piggott, 951 E. Lafayette, Detroit, MI 48207.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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