I have conducted research on typical speech and language acquisition for 23 years, with the aim of verifying language-specific aspects through cross-linguistic comparisons. Besides typical acquisition, my research has comprised two main clinical groups, namely children with specific language impairment and children with hearing impairment. I have also been a member of the management committee of three international researcher networks (COST actions) and a member of the International Expert Panel on Multilingual Children’s Speech.
Leila Paavola (2006). Maternal sensitive responsiveness, characteristics and relations to child early communicative and linguistic development
Katri Saaristo-Helin (2011). Phonological mean length of utterances as an indicator of typical and impaired phonological development in children acquiring Finnish
Leena Mäkinen (2014). Narrative language in typically developing children, children with specific language impairment and children with autism spectrum disorder
Hanna Elo (2016). Acquiring language as a twin: Twin children’s early health, social environment and emerging language skills