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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Fonoaudiologia

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Abstract

FRANCO, Eloisa Sartori  and  PANHOCA, Ivone. Vestibular symptoms in children with complaints of school difficulties. Rev. soc. bras. fonoaudiol. [online]. 2008, vol.13, n.4, pp.362-368. ISSN 1982-0232.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-80342008000400011.

PURPOSE: To study vestibular symptoms in children with complaints of school difficulties. METHODS: Eighty-eight children between seven and 12 years old were studied. The subjects attended public schools from Piracicaba - SP (Brazil) during the period from 2004 to 2006. The procedures included: anamnesis, otorhinolaryngological examination, audiological examination, and a directed questionnaire used as an instrument for data gathering. RESULTS: From the evaluated children, 51% had no complaints of school difficulties, and 49% reported school difficulties. The most common complaint reported was vertigo (22.7%), and the most common symptoms reported in school environment were anxiety (95.5%) and chronic headache (53.4%). The most cited school difficulties were reading (56.8%) and copying (43.2%). CONCLUSIONS: Vertigo complaints and reading and copying difficulties presented a statistically significant relation in children with complaints of school difficulties.

Keywords : Vestibular diseases; Labyrinth diseases; Vertigo [complications]; Learning.

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