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Christina Samuelsson

Visiting Professor

My research mainly regards interaction involving people with communicative disabilities. The focus is on describing and facilitating communication for children with language impirment, people with aphasia and people with dementia.

My Research Project

IN LIFE - Independent Living for the Elderly

IN LIFE is part of an EU project called IN-LIFE (Innovation Actions, Horizon 2020). Cooperating parties are Linköping University and DART, Sahlgrenska University Hospital.
The focus in Sweden is on communication support tools for elderly people with cognitive and /or communicative disabilities and memory problems. It also aims to develop tools to support socialization and communication.

The project will generate benefits in terms of increased knowledge about the communicative needs of older people with cognitive disabilities, knowledge on how to use new technology in order to facilitate their communicative situation, and information of how this knowledge is best implemented.

The wide range of the project, and its spreading in several European countries means that a large amount of data will be collected, which increases the generalizability of the results of the project.

Please read more here regarding the EU-project

Living with dementia - communication, relationships and cognition

Living with dementia becomes a reality for an increasing number of individuals, families and communities in Sweden, and therefore it is necessary to ask how one can live a good life with dementia. The reason is demographic - we live longer and get older, and thus the number of people living with dementia increases.

The biomedical model of dementia focuses on cognitive and neurological disabilities in order to manage the disease and to provide medical treatment.

The present program presents a different perspective on dementia: the focus is on what people with dementia can do, and the importance of social networks and the environment for increasing social inclusion and participation.

Through four distinct, but integrated projects, addressing four areas that are crucial to living a good life with dementia:

  1. how can joint activities be organized in order to maximize participation and inclusion
  2. how can the personal expertise that many people with dementia have be developed, and become a mainstay of the person centered care
  3. the importance of the external resources, such as ICT, in order to improve and facilitate communication for people with dementia
  4. the importance of the linguistic and cultural diversity of the meetings with people with dementia, both within and outside of health care. The program is funded by Forte.

Assessment tools to measure language development in Swedish, SeSotho and SeTswana 

Adapting two assessment tools to measure language development in Swedish, SeSotho and SeTswana Speaking children from 8 to 36 months

This is a joint project between the University of Cape Town and the University of Linköping funded by STINT.

The project is mainly aimed at sharing expertise on early language development and its assessment by translating and adapting two assessment materials to Swedish and to two Bantu languages; Sesotho and Setswana.

The project will focus on linguistic production and gesture development as well as on language comprehension. 

Read more on the page Child Language Africa.



Olof Sandgren, Christina Samuelsson, Emma Fredriksson, Ebba Järnvall, Anna Ekström (2023) Employment and Work Task Characteristics of 111 Swedish School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, Vol. 8, p. 782-792 Continue to DOI
Elias Ingebrand, Christina Samuelsson, Lars-Christer Hydén (2023) Supporting people living with dementia in novel joint activities: Managing tablet computers Journal of Aging Studies, Vol. 65, Article 101116 Continue to DOI
Inga-Lena Johansson, Christina Samuelsson, Nicole Müller (2023) Consonant articulation acoustics and intelligibility in Swedish speakers with Parkinson's disease: a pilot study Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, Vol. 37, p. 845-865 Continue to DOI