Research areas in the discipline of logopedics at the University of Helsinki include
- Observation of speech in different patient groups (autistic spectrum disorders, children with cochlear implants), as well as the brain mechanisms of speech and language
- Characteristics of interaction with defective language, as well as supporting interaction
- Typical and atypical early language development, as well as the predictive value of language development in different groups (e.g., subjects with healthy, normal development or subjects who were born extremely prematurely)
- The symptoms of specific language impairment and its impact on school selection and subjective quality of life in young adults
- Language acquisition and the recovery of speech and language abilities in aphasic individuals
- Changes in speech, language and communication related to normal ageing and memory disorders in individuals communicating with speech and sign language
Aphasia Research Group
The group is investigating language disorders in adults caused by damage to or a functional disorder of the cerebral cortex. The group studies the manifestations of aphasia in language use and human-to-human interaction, the practices of aphasia therapy and its effectiveness, as well as the knock-on effects on an individual’s life caused by aphasia.
Interaction and Intervention Group
Interaction and Intervention Research Group focuses on the study of everyday communication in connection with human communication disorders, as well as the study of speech-language therapy interaction and the effect of speech-language interventions.
Dementia and Communication Research Group
Early Language Development (ELD) Group
The group investigates the early development of language and communication taking place during the first two years in an individual’s life, its assessment and the predictive value of early language development in relation to later language development.
Pragmatic Issues in Alternative Communication
The alternative communication research group focuses its observations on non-speaking people and their speaking partners. These people may use un-aided or aided communication forms for various and multifaceted functions, such as having conversations and narrating, as well as interaction based on developmentally very early means of expression and interpretation.
Human communication disorders research unit (DIS-CO)
Research Unit for Disorders of Human Communication (DIS-CO) at UH focuses on both basic research and clinically relevant investigations related to the disorders of communication, including language, speech, and swallowing, across the lifespan.