Essi Vastamäki profile picture
Doctoral Candidate, Speech and Language Pathology
FM, laillistettu puheterapeutti


Areas of expertise

assessment and rehabilitation planning in pediatric neurology
communication difficulties in ASD
oral motor deficits in developmental disorders
pediatric feeding disorders


I got my Master's degree at the University of Turku in December 2018, after which I began working as a speech-language pathologist in Pediatric neurology outpatient clinic of Satasairaala in January 2019. Being the only speech pathologist of the unit, I soon learned to co-operate with OTs, PTs, NTs, nurses and psychologists for diagnostical assessment. The time I spent in Satasairaala woke up my interest in pediatric feeding disorders which combine social aspects to sensory-motor side of eating.


I am currently doing my Ph.D. in the FinnBrain Birth Cohort study. My research focuses on dimensionality of language and how it develops through the first five years of life. In my future dissertation I will be modeling  developmental language trajectories.


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