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. 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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Facilitating an inclusive school environment outside the classroom for adolescents with ASD: NWO grant awarded!

July 16th, 2018

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Teenagers with autism are often socially isolated and thus have less access to a social learning environment. Yet, essential social and emotional skills are developed through interaction with peers; by trial and error young people learn how to behave in a group, negotiate, make up after an argument, among other skills. This is where youngsters with autism miss out, which contributes to their social and emotional difficulties throughout life.

The NWO has now awarded an LDE (Leiden-Delft-Erasmus) grant of € 500,000 to Carolien, Alexander Koutamanis (Delft University of Technology) and Els Blijd (Interpsy Groningen) to fund research aimed at facilitating social participation in adolescents with autism in high school settings. Read more on the NWO website here (in English) and the Leiden University website here (in Dutch).

Psychology Science Day 2018

July 10th, 2018

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Danique (top left), Sjors (top right) and Tamara (bottom) presented their Masters theses at Leiden University Psychology Science Day on the 5th of July 2018.

Danique's research examined experinces of moral emotions; shame and guilt, in children with developmental language disorder (DLD). It is the first study to investigate moral emotions in this group and may have significant implications for their social development, as there is a known link between moral emotions and moral behavior. 

Sjors' research was a longitudinal study on theory of mind (ToM) in young children (age 1 - 6) with autism, which indicated that - after an initial delay - children with autism seem to catch up on most early ToM capacities.

Tamara examined how the proactive and reactive aggression of pre-school children is related to their peer interactions and emotion regulation abilities. In order to measure the frequency and duration of the children’s interactions on the playground, she used data from radio-frequency identification devices collected by Guida in Lisbon, Portugal (see more about this method here).

Congratulations Danique, Sjors & Tamara!

Bullying in (pre-)adolescents with language disorders

July 14th, 2018

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Neeltje and her colleagues found that (pre-)adolescents with developmental language disorder (DLD) experienced more victimisation than their peers without DLD.

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Alexithymia with Dr. Hannah Hobson

June 20, 2018

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On the 19th of June 2018, Dr. Hannah Hobson, lecturer from the University of Greenwich, visited the lab to discuss new potential projects on children's alexithymia and language skills.

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Early intervention for deaf & hard of hearing children

June 19, 2018 

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On June 13th - 16th 2018, Evelien Dirks attended the Family-centered early intervention (FCEI) conference in Austria, which focused on interventions for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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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.