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Speaking in typical development and after early brain damage: A development-based neurophonetic investigation of childhood dysarthria

Dr. Theresa Schölderle, Elisabet Haas & Prof. Dr. Wolfram Ziegler


Clinical partners:

  • Integrationszentrum für Cerebralparesen (ICP) München, Katrin Strecker
  • Ernst-Barlach-Förderschulen, Stiftung Pfennigparade, Claudia Westerbarkey
  • kbo Kinderzentrum München, Prof. Dr. Volker Mall
  • Sozialpädiatrisches Zentrum im Dr. von Haunerschen Kinderspital, Nadine Ortiz, PD Dr. Sebastian Schröder
  • Praxis LogBUK in Rosenheim (Therapie und Beratung für Unterstützte Kommunikation), Sabrina Beer
  • Hegau Jugendwerk Gailingen, Pete Guy Spencer
  • Frühförderung Pforzheim, Franziska Pflüger
  • Sozialpädiatrisches Zentrum Freiburg, Felicitas Körner

 Cooperating schools:

  • Kindergarten der Dreieinigkeitskirche München Bogenhausen, Daniela Böhm
  • Evangelisches Haus für Kinder Messestadt Ost, Gabriele Ochse
  • Grundschule an der Boschetsrieder Straße, Martha Kienzerle
  • Kindergarten Waldram, Beate Riester
  • Grundschule am Winthierplatz, Hannah Nadolny
  • Katholischer Kindergarten St. Nikolaus Kutzenhausen, Frau Schöner
  • Integrative Kinderförderung München, Janine Käufer

The aim of this project is to comprehensively analyze neurogenic motor speech disorders (dysarthria) in children. Aspects specifically connected to the early brain damage and the developmental stage, respectively, are incorporated in the examination of dysarthria.

For instance, one of our objectives is to differentiate symptoms of childhood dysarthria from physiological features of speech, which reflect the anatomical immaturity of the speech apparatus during development. Moreover, we explore, if the clinical picture of childhood dysarthria is comparable to late-onset forms.

Within the PhD project of Elisabet Haas we analyze the development of dysarthria in children with early brain damage based on a longitudinal study. By means of listening experiments we aim to identify those characteristics of speech (physiological and pathological) with the highest relevance for successful oral communication.

Finally, developmental motor speech disorders are put into connection with the overall language acquisition. We therefore assess interactions between dysarthria and the development of phonological abilities. Our project contributes to a thorough theoretical understanding of childhood dysarthria and provides a basis for a specific and valid assessment approach.



This project was funded by the Graduate School Language & Literature of the LMU (10/2015-09/2016). Currently, it is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG; SCHO 1742/1-1; 10/2016-09/2019). The PhD project of Elisabet Haas is financially supported by Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.

Online Teaching Module Childhood Dysarthria

We offer a freely available online teaching module providing information on childhood dysarthria, a condition that has gathered little attention in research and teaching so far. The website contains basic facts on the disorder, it illustrates approaches for assessment and treatment, and it offers a listening training for visitors in order to improve auditory evaluation skills.