The Unit opened in 1987 and an early research project focused on the use of computer-supplemented therapy for people with language difficulties following a stroke. Over the last 20 years the range of projects and expertise at the Unit has expanded considerably to cover many different aspects of the care and management of language and communication impairments including:

  • Assessments, outcome measures and screening tools
  • Perceptions of communication disorders and therapy from differing perspectives
  • Therapists’ decision making
  • Therapy development and evaluations
  • Development and evaluation of computer software for adults and children with speech and language disorders

The methodologies used by the Unit include a full range of health service research methods:

  • Systematic reviews
  • Epidemiology
  • Applied research
  • Mixed methods – qualitative and quantitative

Over the years the research has focused on children’s developmental speech and language impairments, stuttering and disorders associated to neurological disease in adults.

There is a wide range of projects in progress at the Research Unit. Some projects sit within a specific research theme, as shown below, whereas others are cross-cutting.