Dr. Maria Grace Treasa currently serves as Lecturer at the department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Amrita School of Medicine and Amrita Center for Allied Health Sciences. Dr. Maria Grace Treasa has 8 years 7 months (3 yrs 9 months teaching & 4 yrs 10 months clinical/research experience). Her area of interest is Autism Spectrum Disorders, other childhood language disorders, adult language disorders and use of AAC for language intervention. She has being teaching theory papers for bachelor students in our university and also providing consultations and clinical supervision. She has also served as question paper setter, paper valuator for graduate and post-graduate examinations of Kerala University of Health Sciences (KUHS) and Amrita University. She has delivered various lectures to doctors, parents, teachers and professionals to facilitate early identification, intervention and inclusion of children with language disorders.


  • Ph.D (Speech-Language Pathology), 2016, All India Institute of Speech & Hearing (AIISH), University of Mysore, Mysore.
  • M.Sc (Speech-Language Pathology- SLP), 2007, AIISH, Mysore.
  • B.Sc (Speech & Hearing), 2004, JSS Institute of Speech & Hearing, Mysore

Awards Received

  • First Rank/ Jayalakshmamma Gold Medal M.Sc (SLP), University of Mysore.
  • Abhilash Award for the Best Student Clinician, M.Sc (SLP), AIISH, Mysore.
  • Third rank in B.Sc (Speech & Hearing), University of Mysore.

Professional Membership

  • Rehabilitation Council of India Registration CRR No.A12238
  • Indian Speech and Hearing Association (ISHA) Life Membership No.L-1123
  • ISHA-Kerala State Branch (KSB) Life Membership No. L-190
  • Life member of Dravidian Linguistics Association since 2013.


Publication Type: Conference Paper
Year of Publication Publication Type Title
2015 Conference Paper M. Grace Treasa, Soumya, J., and Blessy, M., “Pragmatics Profile in Autism: Pre- and post-Stem Cell Therapy”, in Paper presented at 47th Indian Speech and Hearing Association National Conference, Manipal, India, 2015.
2014 Conference Paper M. Grace Treasa, Shyamala, K. C., Dayana, D., Akhila, A., Shibla, S., and Shirin, S., “Procedural memory in autism: Double Dissociation?”, in Paper presented at 4th Tamil Nadu-Indian Speech & Hearing Conference, Salem, India, 2014.
2014 Conference Paper M. Grace Treasa, Dayana, D., Akhila, A., and Parvathy, A. M., “Voice onset time in Malayalam speaking children with autism”, in Paper presented at National Symposium on Acoustics, All India Institute of Speech & Hearing, Mysore, 2014.
2013 Conference Paper M. Grace Treasa, Akhila, A., and Parvathy, A. M., “Cognitive flexibility in non-verbal children with Autism”, in National conference & CME on Cognitive & Communicative Disorders, Epilepsy & Stroke, Institute of Cognitive & Communicative Neurosciences (ICCONS), Shoranur, 2013.
2013 Conference Paper M. Grace Treasa and Shyamala, K. C., “Expressive bound morphemes in Malayalam-speaking children with Autism Spectrum Disorders”, in 41st All India Conference of Dravidian Linguistics, University of Madras, Chennai, 2013.
2007 Conference Paper M. Grace Treasa, Chand, R., and Savithri, S. R., “Vowel formants and Isovowel lines in Marchiafava-Bignami Syndrome: A Case Study”, in International Symposium on Frontiers of Research on Speech and Music, Mysore., 2007.
2007 Conference Paper M. Grace Treasa, Archana, S., and Amirthavarshini, M. J., “Speech and Language characteristics in children with HIV. ”, in 37th Annual Conference of Indian Speech and Hearing Association, Indore, 2007.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Year of Publication Publication Type Title
2014 Journal Article M. Grace Treasa, “Expressive bound morphemes in Malayalam-speaking children with Autism Spectrum Disorders”, International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 114 - 122, 2014.
2014 Journal Article M. Grace Treasa and Chengappa, S. K., “Expressive Bound Morphemes in Malayalam Speaking Children with Down Syndrome.”, Language in India, vol. 14, pp. 832 - 842, 2014.[Abstract]

This study is an attempt to examine expressive bound morphemes of Malayalam in 10 children, aged 6-18 years, with Down Syndrome (DS) as compared to 10 typically developing (TD) mental age matched controls. All the participants were having an expressive language level of two-word utterances and were native speakers of Malayalam. The productive use of six high-frequency nominal inflections of Malayalam-Plural /kal/, Accusative /e/, Locative /il/, Genitive /ute/, / Dative case markers kkə/ & /nə/ and Conjunction /um/ was investigated using elicited Sentence Imitation Test in Malayalam (SIT-M, Treasa & Shyamala, 2013). Results revealed that DS group obtained significantly (p<0.05) poorer scores than the controls on all the subtests of SIT-M except on accusative case marker /e/. This suggests specific bound morpheme errors in children with DS which could serve as targets for grammatical morphology intervention. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] More »»
2014 Journal Article M. Grace Treasa and Shyamala, K. C., “Emergence of expressive grammatical morphemes following Discrete Trial Training and Incidental Teaching: A Case Study”, Language in India, vol. 14, 2014.
2013 Journal Article M. Grace Treasa and Shyamala, K. C., “EXPRESSIVE BOUND MORPHEMES IN MALAYALAM SPEAKING CHILDREN WITH SPECIFIC LANGUAGE IMPAIRMENT”, Journal of the All India Institute of Speech & Hearing, vol. 32, 2013.[Abstract]

The present study aimed to investigate the emergence of expressive bound morphemes in 10 children, aged 3-8 years, with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) as compared to 10 chronological age (CA) controls. All the participants had a verbal repertoire of two-word phrases and were monolingual speakers of Malayalam. Expressive use of six different inflectional suffixes of Malayalam- 1./kaɭ/-Plural, 2./e/-Accusative, 3./il/-Locative, 4./uʈe/-Genitive, 5./kkə/ & /nə/-Dative case markers and 6./um/- Conjunction was examined using elicited Sentence Imitation Test in Malayalam (SIT-M) developed from our earlier research*. Results revealed that performance of SLI group was significantly (p<0.05) poorer than the CA group, suggestive of underlying morphological deficits. However, both the groups exhibited relatively better scores on Locative /il/, Dative /kkə/ & /nə/ case markers and Plural /kaɭ/ than Conjunction /um/, Accusative /e/ and Genitive /u ʈ e/ case markers. Implications for morphological assessment and treatment in Specific Language Impairment are also discussed. Copyright of Journal of the All India Institute of Speech & Hearing is the property of All India Institute of Speech & Hearing and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. More »»
2010 Journal Article M. Grace Treasa, “Children acquired aphasia screening test in Kannada (CAAST-K)”, Student Research at AIISH, vol. 7, pp. 88 - 100, 2010.
2007 Journal Article S. K. Chengappa, Bhat, S., Kapoor, P., and Treasa, M. Grace, “Language Impairments in Hindi-Speaking Children Subsequent to Traumatic Brain Injury”, Asia Pacific Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing, vol. 10, pp. 221-230, 2007.[Abstract]

AbstractIncidence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is quite high and a majority of victims suffer with transient cognitive, motor/sensory aberration; some have postmorbid language impairment and residual physical, intellectual, and behavioral deficits. The aim of this study was to investigate the language impairments in 10 Hindi-speaking children subsequent to severe closed head injury (Glasgow Coma Score: less than 8). A detailed language history was taken followed by administration of LPT-Hindi version (Sharma, 1995) and CAAST (Whurr & Evans, 1986). The findings on LPT indicated overall reduction in scores on every subtest. The score obtained in phonology was higher than that for syntax and semantics, semantics being the lowest. The differential performance in syntax and semantics mirsufrored the language pattern in normal children but with overall reduced scores. In the semantic section, better performance was observed in semantic discrimination as compared to semantic expression. In CAAST also, all the scores were found to be low, with areas of maximum deficits in the gesture and drawing subtests. Performance on the visual and auditory subtests was comparatively superior to all the other subtests. Thus, language-impaired children with TBI exist as a separate clinical entity. They exhibit certain deficits that could be classified into cognitive communication disorders, as studied by Ylvisaker (1996). These results point to important implications in terms of remediation as well as better understanding of the disorder complex. On the basis of this article, the reader will be acquainted with (1) the basis of deficits in traumatic brain injury (TBI); (2) the impact of these deficits on cognitive and linguistic functions of children with TBI, and (3) an appreciation of the type of linguistic deficits in children with TBI. More »»

Invited Talks

  • “Speech-Language Disorders in Children” at the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) National Conference & CME, Kochi on December 19 - 20, 2009 for Doctors and professionals.
  • “Importance of parent interaction with children for communication development” at Child Developmental Evaluation, Intervention & Research Centre (CDEIRC), Ernakulam on 27-03-2010 and at Dawning Hope clinic on May 15, 2010 for parents of children with special needs.
  • “Role of parents in successful speech language therapy and rehabilitation of children with Down’s syndrome” for the Association of parents of children with Down’s syndrome at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Ernakulam in October 2010.
  • “Parents as Partners in child’s language development” at Institute of Cognitive & Communicative Neurosciences (ICCONS), Shoranur on June 9, 2012.
  • “Language therapy for Autistics” during one day seminar on Autism at Sunrise Hospital, Kochi on July 8, 2012.
  • Participated as a Faculty at the NCDC 2013, 9th National Conference & CME of IAP Childhood Disability Group, held at IMA House, Kochi on September 28 - 29, 2013, to support and guide parents, professionals and community regarding rehabilitation of children with disability.
  • “Autism Spectrum Disorder” for Doctors and professionals during in-house weekly presentation at AIMS, Kochi on February 3, 2015.
  • “Communication disorders in children- A workshop for parents” at Rajagiri Christujayanthi Kindergarten, Kochi on June 27, 2015.
  • “Communication disorders in children- rehabilitation” at RedApples Kindergarten, Kochi for parents of children with autism on August 8, 2015.
  • “Speech-Language Pathology” for Doctors of Dept. of ENT, AIMS, Kochi on October 3, 2015.
  • Case report presentation on ‘Eye can communicate- use of E-trans as AAC’ for Doctors and professionals during in-house weekly presentation at AIMS, Kochi on October 27, 2015.
  • “Speech-Language Pathology” for Doctors, Dept. of Neurology, AIMS, Kochi, on 20/10/2015 and November 3, 2015.

Research Activities

  • Completed doctoral thesis (2010-16) titled “Emergence of expressive grammatical morphology in Malayalam-speaking children with and without language impairment” under the guidance of Dr.Shyamala K Chengappa, Professor in Language Pathology, All India Institute of Speech & Hearing, Mysore.
  • Was chair/co-chair/reviewer of some papers for scientific session of the 8th Annual Conference of Indian Speech, Language & Hearing Association- Kerala State Branch held on September 12 - 13, 2015, at Wayanad, Kerala.
  • Maria, G.T., & Dayana, D., Project proposal on “Developing eye-tracker device as communication aid for persons with disabilities” was presented at workshop on 'Ability in Disability' organized by IEEE, Bangalore at SRC Institute of Speech and Hearing, Bangalore on July 25, 2015.
  • Organized and conducted the scientific sessions of the National Conference & CME on Cognitive & Communicative disorders; Epilepsy & Stroke, held on 15th & 16th of June at ICCONS, Shoranur, as the Scientific Committee in-charge.
  • Shyamala, K.C., Maria, G.T., & Priyadarshi, B. (2007). Worked as research officer for the ARF project on ‘A study of Markedness in Lexical Semantics in normal children and clinical population- Hearing Impairment and Intellectual Disability’ at AIISH, Mysore.

Conference / Seminars participated

  • Workshop & Symposium on ‘Speech Disorders in Individuals with Cleft-lip and Palate -Assessment, Therapy and Surgical Management’ at SRMC & RI (DU), Chennai October 25 - 27, 2002.
  • Seminar on “Stuttering” organized by the Dept. of Speech Pathology & Audiology, National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences, Bangalore, on August 16, 2003.
  • 36th National Conference of ISHA held at Mysore January 16 - 18, 2004.
  • 37th ISHA Conference held at Indore January 14 - 16, 2005.
  • National Workshop-cum-Training for Young Scientists on Speech Synthesis held at AIISH, Mysore on January 12 - 13, 2006.
  • National Seminar on Vocal Function -Assessment and Management, held at AIISH, Mysore on January 17, 2006.
  • Workshop on “Signed English” held at AIISH, Mysore on  July 18 - 19, 2006.
  • National Seminar on Fluency -Assessment and Management, held at AIISH, Mysore on December 28, 2006.
  • International Symposium “Frontiers of Research on Speech & Music” held at AIISH, Mysore on January 8 - 9, 2007.
  • Guest lecture by Prof. Brooke Hallowell on “Service delivery issues with respect to stroke rehabilitation” conducted at AIISH, Mysore on January 23, 2007.
  • 46th Indian Speech & Hearing Association (ISHA) National Conference held at Gokulam Park, Ernakulam on February 7 - 9, 2014.
  • 47th Indian Speech & Hearing Association (ISHA) National Conference held at Manipal on January 1 - 3, 2015.
  • 8th Kerala State Branch- ISHA Conference, September 12 -13, 2015.
  • Amrita Head and Neck allied Specialities Meet-2016, AIMS, February 5 - 6, 2016.
  • Community based hearing healthcare training by Starkey Hearing Foundation, AIMS, February 21 - 27, 2016.
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