Early Development and Disorders of Speech

Research Area Group Leader (RAG)

Anette Lohmander

The group conducts research on the development and disorders of speech and language hearing in adverse conditions in children and adolescents in three overlapping areas; cleft lip and palate, hearing loss, and neurodevelopmental disability.

The research also includes the development of assessment methods, possible predictors of subsequent deviations, and evaluation of intervention. The opinion of peers and adults as well as own opinion of speech and communication is also investigated in relation to activity and participation

Research Area Group Members

Research Area Group Members
Name Title Function
Anette Lohmander Professor, SLP RAG-leader
Jill Nyberg PhD, SLP Researcher
Petra Peterson MD, Plastic surgeon Doctoral student
Ann Malmenholt PhD, SLP Researcher
Liisi Raud Westberg Specialist, SLP Clin. proj co-worker
Ellinor Strandberg MSc, SLP Project co-worker
Emilie Hagberg SLP Doctoral student
Anna Persson MD, Special Edu Researcher
Birgitta Tengroth MD, Audiologist Researcher
Marion Lieberman PhD, SLP Researcher
Anna Nyman SLP Doctoral student
Anders Sand PhD, MA Psychology Post doc

In collaboration with

In collaboration with
Namn Titel Funktion Lärosäte
Carmela Miniscalco Adjunct Professor, PhD Co-supervisor University of Gothenburg
Bibbi Hagberg Med dr, psykolog Researcher University of Gothenburg
Christina Persson Professor, PhD Researcher University of Gothenburg
Fransisco Lacerda Professor, civ. ing. Researcher Stockholms University
Lisa Gustavsson PhD Researcher Stockholms University
Kristina Klintö PhD, SLP Researcher Lund University
Traci Flynn MD Researcher University of Newcastle

Research Projects

Project Group: Babbling to Speech

How does adverse conditions such as hearing loss, cleft palate, neurodevelopmental disability or extreme prematurity affect the auditory, speech, language and communication development of children from birth to 3 years of age compared to typically developing children with normal hearing? In addition, development of assessment methods.

Project Group: Speech Outcome in Cleft Palate

Impact of method for operation of the cleft palate in children born with cleft lip and/or palate) on the development of speech and velopharyngeal function is investigated longitudinally as well as in two Randomized Controlled studies:

How peers think about deviant speech and how young adults with speech disorders think about their own speech and communication are also investigated.

Selected publications

Babbling to Speech

Lohmander A, Raud Westberg L, Olsson S, Tengroth B, Flynn T. Canonical babbling and early consonant development related to hearing in children with otitis media with effusion with or without cleft palate. Cleft Palate-Craniofac J. Online ahead of print, Oct. 2020. PMID: 3308435

Willadsen E, Persson C, Patrick K, Lohmander A, Oller DK. Assessment of prelinguistic vocalizations: a comparison of reliability in naturalistic listening in real time and phonetic transcription. Clinical Linguistics Phonetics, 2020;34(7):593-616. PMID: 3171131

Lieberman M, Lohmander A, Gustavsson L. Parents’ contingent responses in communication with 10-month-old infants with typical or late babbling. Clinical Linguistics Phonetics, 2019;33:1050-1062.

Raud Westberg L, Höglund Santamarta L, Karlsson J, Nyberg J, Neovius E, Lohmander A. Longitudinal speech outcome in young children born with unilateral cleft lip and palate treated with one- or two-stage palatal repair and the impact of early intervention. Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, 2019;44:58-66.

Nyman A, Lohmander A. Babbling in children with neurodevelopmental dsability and a simplified way of measuring canonical babbling ratio. Clincal Linguistics Phonetics, 2018;32:114-127.

Lohmander A, Holm K, Eriksson E, Lieberman M. Observation method identifies that a lack of canonical babbling can indicate future speech and language problems. Acta Paediactrica, 2017;106(6):935-943.

Lieberman M, Lohmander A. Observation is a valid way of assessing common variables in typical babbling and identifies infants who need further support. Acta Paediatrica, 2014;103:1251–1257.

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;49:240-254.

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.

Speech, Language, Hearing in Cleft Palate

Tengroth B, Lohmander A, Hederstierna C. Hearing thresholds concurrent with OME in young children with and without cleft palate. Cleft Palate Craniofac J.2020;57:616-623. PMID: 31769302

Malmenholt, A, McAllister A, Lohmander A. Orofacial function, articulation proficiency and intelligibility in 5-year-old children born with cleft lip and palate. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial J. 2019;56:321-330. PMID: 29906219

Shaw W, SembG, LohmanderA, Persson C, WilladsenE, Clayton-SmithJ, TrindadeIK, MunroKJ, GambleC, HarmanNH, ConroyEJ, WeichartD, WilliamsonP. Timing Of Primary Surgery for cleft palate (TOPS): Protocol for a randomised trial of palate surgery at 6 months versus 12 months of age. British Medical Journal Open, 2019;9:e029780. PMID: 31300507

Klintö K, Brunnegård K, Havstam C, Appelqvist M, Hagberg E, Taleman A-S, Lohmander A. Speech in 5-year-olds born with unilateral cleft lip and palate – a prospective Swedish intercenter study. J Plast Surg Hand Surgery, 2019;53:309-315. PMID: 31107134

Yamashita R, Granqvist G, Borg E, Lohmander A. Reliability of hypernasality rating: comparison of three different methods for perceptual assessment. Cleft Palate-Craniofac J, 2018:55(8);1060-1071. PMID: 29634363

Klintö K, Lohmander A. Does the recording medium influence phonetic transcription of cleft palate speech? Int J Language Communication Disorders, 2017;52(4):440-449. PMID: 27624515

Lohmander A, Persson C, Willadsen E, Lundeborg I, Alaluusua S, Aukner R, et.al. Scandcleft randomised trials of primary surgery for unilateral cleft lip and palate: 4. Speech outcomes in 5-year-olds - velopharyngeal competency and hypernasality. J Plast Surg Hand Surgery, 2017;51:26-36. PMID: 28218551

Willadsen E, Lohmander A, Persson C, Lundeborg I, Alaluusua S, Aukner R, et.al. Scandcleft randomised trials of primary surgery for unilateral cleft lip and palate: 5. Speech outcomes in 5-year-olds - consonant production and errors. J Plast Surg Hand Surgery, 2017;51:37-50. PMID: 28218556

Flynn T, Lohmander A. A longitudinal study of hearing and middle ear status in individuals with UCLP. Otology & Neurology, 2014;35:989-996. PMID: 24892368

Klintö K, Salameh E-K, Olsson M, Flynn T, Svensson H, Lohmander A. Development of phonology and articulation in toddlers born with and without unilateral cleft lip and palate. Int J Language Communication Disorders, 2014;49:240-254. PMID: 24180229

Nyberg J, Peterson P, Lohmander A. Speech outcomes at age 5 and 10 years in unilateral cleft lip and palate after one-stage palatal repair with Minimal Incision Technique - a longitudinal perspective. Int J Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 2014;78:1662-1670. PMID: 25112165

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. PMID: 22364610

Klintö K, Salameh E-K, Svensson H, Lohmander A. The impact of speech material on speech judgement in children with and without cleft palate. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 2011;46:348-60. PMID: 21575075

Lohmander A, Persson C. A longitudinal study of speech production in Swedish children with cleft palate and two-stage palatal repair. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial J, 2008;45:32-41. PMID: 18215097

Lohmander A, Friede H, Elander A, Persson C, Lilja J. Speech development in patients with unilateral cleft lip and palate treated with different delays of hard palate closure after early velar repair: a longitudinal perspective. Scand J Plast Reconstr Surg Hand Surgery, 2006;46:267-274. PMID: 17065115