Linda Girke

I am a licensed speech-language pathologist and research assistant at KIND. The research project I work on is called the Preschool Brain Imaging and Behavior Project (PIP-study), which is part of the AIMS-2-TRIALS and CANDY consortiums.

The PIP-study is the first Europe-wide study to track the development of preschool children with and without autism and related neurodevelopmental conditions. We use interactive games, touchscreen tablet tasks and eye-tracking with the children themselves. We also measure children’s brain activity and development using brain-imaging techniques, called electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Our first goal is to better understand variability in brain development in children from different backgrounds. We would then like to see how differences in brain development are related to a child’s behaviour, learning, social and emotional development. Our second goal is to use this information to better understand the impact of differences in brain development on neurodevelopmental conditions, such as autism, ADHD, developmental delay and epilepsy. We hope that in the future this research might aid in earlier diagnosis and improved support for children with different neurodevelopmental conditions.

Since 2016, I am a licensed speech therapist and I have previously worked clinically at a hospital. During my clinical work, I have mainly worked on doing assessments and intervention with children, adolescents and adults with speech and language disorders and stuttering.

You can read more about the PIP-study HERE.