Soile Loukusa

Soile Loukusa


University Lecturer, Adjunct Professor
Clinical pragmatics


I am a speech and language therapist working as an University Lecturer at the Research Unit of Logopedics, Faculty of Humanities, at the University of Oulu, Finland. My research focus on pragmatic communication abilities and social cognition skills in children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, children with developmental language disorder and children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. My research interests also focus on the typical development of pragmatic communication skills.

Research interests

  • Social communication: pragmatics and social cognition
  • Autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, developmental language disorder
  • Pragmatic language development

Professional and community activities

  • Editor-in-chief in Puhe ja kieli (
  • Panelist of Publication Forum

Research groups

  • Member, Oulu Autism Research Group

Selected publications

  • Loukusa, Soile; Mäkinen, Leena; Kuusikko-Gauffin, Sanna; Ebeling, Hanna; Leinonen, Eeva (2018) Assessing social-pragmatic inferencing skills in children with autism spectrum disorder. - Journal of Communication Disorders NN, NN . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Loukusa, Soile; Mäkinen, Leena; Gabbatore, Ilaria; Laukkanen-Nevala, Päivi; Leinonen, Eeva (2017) Understanding Contextual and Social Meaning in Typically Developing Finnish-Speaking Four- To Eight-Year-Old Children. - Psychology of Language and Communication 21 (1), 408-428 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Loukusa, Soile; Mäkinen, Leena; Kuusikko-Gauffin, Sanna; Ebeling, Hanna; Moilanen, Irma (2014) Theory of mind and emotion recognition skills in children with specific language impairment, autism spectrum disorder and typical development: group differences and connection to knowledge of grammatical morphology, word-finding abilities and verbal working memory. - International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders 49 (4), 498-507
  • Loukusa, Soile (2017) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Research in Clinical Pragmatics. Cummings, Louise. - Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology 11. Cham. 85-107. [Original]


Understanding the communication and social features of individuals with autism spectrum disorder in the current society

Strategic research project of the University of OuluFocus institute: EudaimoniaFaculty: Humanities