Sharing experiences with Chinese rehabilitation center

October 1st, 2018

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On 20 September, Prof. Johan Frijns (Department of Otorhinolaryngology, LUMC) and Yung-Ting visited CRRCHSI, the state-level rehabilitation center for hearing and speech impairment headquartered in Beijing, China. The tour in the center, led by the deputy directors Dr. Wei Liang and Dr. Liyan Wang, showed how children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) are actively supported and cared.

During the afternoon lecture (see poster shown on the rightmost above; click to enlarge), Johan shared with the audience the intervention procedures and rehabilitation programs administered at the LUMC, while Yung-Ting talked about her eye-tracking project on DHH children and the data collection in Taiwan.

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Emotions play a role in the development of bullying for teenage boys with and without autism: Paper in press

September 17th, 2018

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Today marks the first day of Anti Bullying Week 2018 in the Netherlands, which runs from September 17th – 21st 2018 - read more here (in Dutch). In keeping with this theme, a new longitudinal study by Sheida, Carolien and Evelien Broekhof has shed more light on the role of emotions in bullying in adolescent boys with and without autism. While boys from both groups show very similar patterns overall, boys with autism feel angrier than others after experiencing bullying, which actually makes them more likely targets for future bullying. 

As might be expected, youngsters who often felt angry and rarely experienced guilt were more likely culprits of bullying behaviour. But not only that, engaging in bullying actually increased their anger over time and further reduced their feelings of guilt. In other words, bullies seem to become more insensitive towards their victims and feel more justified regarding their actions.  

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Interview with our new postdoc, Adva Eichengreen

August 9th, 2018


Adva started working at our lab on August 1st 2018, afer receiving a grant from the LeaDing Fellows postdocs program to conduct research on creating an inclusive school environment for deaf and hard of hearing children, with a focus on social inclusion. Read more about the research Adva is conducting here. Congratulations and welcome Adva!

How did you become interested in this area of research? 

“My interest in research with children with disabilities, and deaf and hard of hearing children in particular, has both professional and personal histories. I was born deaf and my whole life I have been integrated in regular educational settings. I use hearing aids and sometimes also FM microphones, which I give people in order to hear them better in one-on-one as well as in group interactions.”

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Boya gives her first lecture on moral emotions and culture

October 10th, 2018

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On Tuesday 25th of September, Boya gave her first lecture as part of the Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (CCAP) course for Bachelor students of Psychology.

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Maladaptive emotion regulation strategies linked to depression in children with a Developmental Language Disorder: Paper in press

October 2nd, 2018

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Neeltje’s research has shown that the use of adaptive emotion regulation (ER) strategies results in less depressive symptoms for children with a Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), in the same way as it does for children without a DLD. In parallel, using maladaptive ER strategies leads to an increase in depressive symptoms for both groups.

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Interview on Leiden Sleutelstad 93.7FM - tune in Wednesday 26th of September at 19.00

September 25th, 2018

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On Wednesday 26th of September, Carolien will be interviewed on Leiden Sleutelstad radio about bullying and its effects among children and adolescents with autism. Tune in on 93.7 FM between 19.00 and 21.00 to hear the interview. Let us know what you think about the points raised in the interview by Tweeting us @FocusEmotions – we look forward to hearing your thoughts! You can now listen to this interview on their website - click here.

Who are we?

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Our team is located at the department of Developmental Psychology of Leiden University in the Netherlands. We work in close collaboration with the Dutch Foundation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child (NSDSK), the ENT department of the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), and the Centre for Autism.Our group is dedicated to examining the emotional development of children and adolescents of all walks of life. We have a strong focus on the functionality of emotions, and its impact on children's social development. Besides typically developing children and adolescents, we are interested in the development of those with hearing impairments, with autism spectrum disorders, or with specific language impairments.

On this site we regularly post news items about new publications, events, and so on. You can also read more about our ongoing projects, read about and download questionnaires we have developed, see an overview of our publications per topic, or read about opportunities for students to join our team.