Speech disorder in children

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Anette Lohmanders research group

Speech disorders in children

The group conducts research on hearing, speech and language development and speech disorders in adverse conditions in children and adolescents in three overlapping areas: structural nature of speech disorders in cleft lip and palate, neuromotor speech disorders/dyspraxia, and related to hearing loss. The research also includes the development of assessment methods, examination and description of speech and language disorders, and possible predictors of subsequent deviations.

Research projects

The development of speech in children born with cleft palate and typically developing children without clefts are studied longitudinally aiming to finding predictors of speech disorders.

Influence of the type and timing of palatal surgery (Scandcleft) and hearing loss (Early Development of Speech and Hearing, TUTH) on the development are examined.

Development of methods for assessing an infant/toddler’s auditory, speech, and language development

Investigation of hearing and early speech production in children with cleft palate, hearing loss or neuromotor problems

Evaluation of treatment
- electropalatography (EPG) for treatment of speech disorders
- impact of interventions/amplification options in infant/toddlers with congenital or long-standing, conductive hearing impairment on the early speech and language development.

Speech and oral motor development in typically developing children and children with speech disorders

Investigate comorbidity of language disorders in children with motor speech disorders and childhood apraxia of speech

Study the prevalence of deviant bite in children with motor speech disorders

Selected publications

Klintö K, Salameh E-K, Olsson M, Flynn T, Svensson H, Lohmander A. Phonology in Swedish-speaking 3-year-olds born with cleft lip and palate and the relationship with consonant production at 18 months. Int J Language Communication Disorders. 2014;49:240-54.

Lundeborg I, Andersson M, Wiman S, McAllister A. Voice onset in children with phonological disorders. Logopedics, Phoniatrics, Vocology. 2014; in press

McAllister, A, Lundeborg I. Sensorimotor functions in typically developing children 3 to 8 years old; assessed by the Nordic orofacial test, NOT-S. Journal of Medical Speech-Lang Pathology, 2013.

Flynn T, Lohmander A, Möller C, Magnusson L. A longitudinal study of hearing and middle ear status with cleft lip and palate. Laryngoscope, 2013;123:1374-1380.

Lohmander A, Friede H, Lilja J. Long-term, longitudinal follow-up of individuals with unilateral cleft lip and palate after the Gothenburg primary early veloplasty and delayed hard palate closure protocol: Speech outcome. Cleft Palate-Craniofac J, 2012;49:657-671.

Lohmander A, Olsson M, Flynn T. Early Consonant Production in Swedish Infants with and without Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate and Two-stage Palatal Repair. Cleft Palate-Craniofac J, 2011;48:271-285.

Lundeborg I, Ericsson E, Hultcrantz E, McAllister A. Influence of adenotonsillar hypertrophy on s-articulation in children - Effects of Surgery. Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, 2011;36:100-108.

Bergendal, B., McAllister, A, Stecksén-Blicks, C. Orofacial dysfunction in ectodermal dysplasia measured using the Nordic Orofacial Test – Screening (NOT-S). Acta Odontologica Scand, 2009; 67: 377-381.

Lundeborg, I., McAllister, A., Graf, J., Ericsson, E., Hultcrantz, E. Oral motor dysfunction in children with adenotonsillar hypertrophy: Effects of Surgery. Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology. 2009;34; 111-116.

Group members

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Traci Flynn Postdoc
Lisen Kjellmer Affiliated
Kristina Klintö Graduate student
Anette Lohmander Professor, research team leader
Ann Malmenholt Graduate student
Marie Markelius Research assistant
Anita McAllister Associate professor, research leader
Åsa Mogren Graduate student
Anna Nyman Master student
Jill Nyberg Graduate student
Anna Persson Graduate student
Liisi Raud Westberg Affiliated
Susanne Rex Graduate student
Helena Sundman Pregraduate student
Birgitta Tengroth Affiliated


Speech-Language Pathology