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Magnus Påhlman


Magnus Påhlman, PhD student at Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre and consultant in Child Neurology at Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital


My research interests

My research is closely connected with my daily clinical work, where I meet children and adolescents with cerebral palsy (CP). Children with cerebral palsy function at different levels and I notice that they often have other disabilities that may cause more limitation in activity and participation in daily life than the motor disorder.
Based on the population-based study of the panorama of cerebral palsy in western Sweden I look at other disabilities in school-aged children with cerebral palsy. I focus on neuropsychiatric disabilities, primarily autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). My hypothesis is that these disorders are not adequately recognised and diagnosed in children with cerebral palsy. My aims are to come closer to the “true” prevalence rates of autism and ADHD, and to describe the associations with motor function, type of cerebral palsy, intellectual level, way of communication and the brain lesion. I am also interested in describing how we best assess autism and ADHD in children with cerebral palsy; what instruments and methods are most adequate. Each child with cerebral palsy should have their individual “functional profile” assessed in order to give them the support they need in a timely manner.



Paediatrician since 2000, paediatric neurologist since 2005. Consultant at the Regional Rehabilitation Centre for children and adolescents at Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital.



Cerebral palsy | children | autism spectrum disorder | attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) | disability



Swedish | English


Contact information

E-post: magnus.pahlman@gnc.gu.se


Credit: Josefin Bergenholtz









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