TheraLab (Speech and Language Research and Rehabilitation Laboratory)
TheraLab was established in 2013 through internal funding from Cyprus University of Technology to Professor Kakia Petinou, and is part of the Speech and Language Pathology program of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in the School of Health Sciences. TheraLab is one of the few basic research centres of rehabilitation at a state University in Cyprus, and mainly focuses οn longitudinal studies of language acquisition and delay in the early years of life (infancy to pre-school). Its aim is to study typical early language abilities and difficulties in the production and comprehension of language, through the use of innovative research approaches and the development of sensitive and reliable diagnostic tools of language evaluation and rehabilitation in the paediatric population.
TheraLab aims at:
- Studying patterns of early language development;
- Developing reliable diagnostic/assessment tools for the detection of typical and atypical speech and language profiling;
- Advancing theory motivated and evidence-based interventions for communication disorders and a series of language features in children’s early language delay in an effort to identify clinical markers of persistent language impairment;
- Promoting the language rehabilitation sciences at national, European and international level.