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Research at the Division of Speech and Language Pathology


Speech and language pathology is about describing how individuals with different types of speech, voice and language disorders communicate, how these disorders develop over time, what type of tests and measures we need to be able to describe their difficulties and also what kind of approaches that can be used in order to make communication easier for them.

At the Division of Speech and Language Pathology we focus on speech and communication difficulties in children, adolescents and adults, caused by various types of genetic, developmental and acquired disorders. As a common conceptual frame of reference, we use WHO’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and our overall aim is to increase our understanding of communicative functioning (e.g. phonatory and velopharyngeal function in speech), disability (i.e. speech intelligibility) and participation (the individual’s perception of their use of communication in different life situations).

The groups of individuals that is at the heart of our interest, are children and adolescents with impaired velopharyngeal function caused by cleft palate or 22q11 deletion syndrome and children with neuropsychiatric disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (AD/HD). Adult populations include individuals with acquired speech and language disorders (i.e. dysarthria or aphasia) caused by stroke or neurological disease such as Parkinson’s disease or Huntington’s disease.

Seven researchers, Lena Hartelius, Christina Persson, Carmela Miniscalco, Ingrid Behrns, Charlotta Saldert, Katja Laakso and Francesca Longoni are active in national and international collaborations and supervisors of the PhD students in speech and language pathology. Their main research projects are presented in more detail below (linked to the respective researcher).

rTMS in the treatment of aphasia caused by stroke

ITA – Intelligibility, Timing and Articulation

Lena Hartelius


Speech and communication disorders in children, adolescents and young adults with impaired velopharyngeal function,

Christina Persson




Language and communication disorders in children associated with neuropsychiatric disorders,

Carmela Miniscalco




Aphasia and Syntax Processing in Written Production

Guidelines for using audio- and videorecordings in higher education

Ingrid Behrns



Talk-in-interaction in stroke and progressive neurological diseases,

Development of instruments for assessment of change in conversational interaction,

Individuals with acquired neurogenic communication disorders in person-centered care

Charlotta Saldert

ITA – Intelligibility, Timing and Articulation

Guidelines for using audio- and videorecordings in higher education

Katja Laakso

Page Manager: Katja Laakso|Last update: 10/5/2013

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