Speech perception, phonology and reading in clinical groups of children within speech language pathology and audiology

My research interests are in speech perception, phonology and reading in clinical groups of with a focus on intervention.

Listening difficulties in children with language impairment

In the current research we examine mechanisms in auditory processing and speech perception in children aged 7-12 years with and without a diagnose of language impairment. The research is an interdisciplinary project in collaboration with prof. David R Moore at Cincinnati Children's Medical Hospital, and the team of hearing implant at Uppsala university hospital. The long-term aim is to improve speech perception in children with language impairment and ultimately to prevent the long-term consequences of listening difficulties, such as social alienation, school problems and difficulties to adjust in the society.

Internet-based reading intervention in children with Down’s syndrome

Another track of my research is to investigate whether it is possible to support reading development in children with Down’s syndrome (DS). Graphogame is an Internet based reading program with a phonics approach originally developed for children with dyslexia. It offers child friendly exercises for beginning readers, i.e. grapheme-phoneme correspondence training, blending of phonemes into words and segmenting words in phonemes, and has recently proven successful for children with hearing loss. In the current study we will examine whether children with Downs syndrome may benefit from such an Internet-based reading intervention.