Communciation Development in School-Age Children with Cerebral Palsy

Two children interacting with low tech AAC book
Wisconsin Intelligibility, Speech, Communication Lab Aug. 11, 2017. (Photo © Andy Manis)

Our ongoing longitudinal study of communication development in children with CP seeks to characterize speech and language development beginning in the toddler years and proceeding through elementary school.

We are currently following the longitudinal communication development of 85 children with CP and we are currently in the 11th year of this project. Data collected from these children are being used to:

– Learn about how speech and language develop and change over time in children with CP

– Identify profile groups based on behavioral speech and language data

– Quantify changes in speech, language, and communication

– Identify early predictors of later outcomes


This research is supported by the National Institute on Child with prizeDeafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Child Heath and Human Development, and by the Waisman Center core.