Do autistic teenagers spontaneoulsy help a clumsy researcher?

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September 18th, 2019

Spontaneously helping one another, why do we bother? It is believed that lending a hand to others promotes social bonding, helping us to connect with each other and even build friendships. Click here to read more about Rachel's newly published paper on spontaneous helping behavior of autistic adolescents.



Research presentations at the European Conference on Developmental Psychology

September 2nd, 2019

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August 30 to September 1, Adva, Boya, and Yung-Ting visited Athens, Greece, to attend the 19th European Conference on Developmental Psychology. In different symposia and paper sessions, they presented their latest research findings about children or adolescents with a hearing loss, or who have a Developmental Language Disorder. Yung-Ting presented her unique studies on children with a cochlear implant from Taiwan. Discussions focused on the fact that social participation does not come naturally when communication forms a barrier, and what impact it can have on other areas of development as well as the possible ways to cope with it.


Keynote talk on emotion socialization in children with CI

July 17th, 2019

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At the 16th Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Children in Florida on 10-13 July, Carolien gave a keynote talk on the emotional competence of children with a CI. In her presentation, Carolien stressed the fact that – in theory – children with a hearing loss and no additional disabilities could have a similar development compared to their hearing peers; yet all children need an inclusive social climate in which they are welcome and can participate to develop to their full potential. Especially, contact with peers is crucial in this respect. Professional's point of view on this keynote speech can be found on The Hearing Review

Recent & Upcoming Events

September 13th - 15th 2019: Autism Europe Congress

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August 30th - September 1st: European Conference of Developmental Psychology

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July 10th - 13th: Treating the Whole Child Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Children

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Autism Europe Congress 2019

September 18th, 2019

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Rachel attended the Autism Europe Congress in Nice, France from the 13th – 15th of September. She presented research on expressions of empathy of autistic and non-autistic girls and boys, which suggested that these groups express empathy in different ways. 

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Qi Meng joins our team and receives a grant from the Chinese government

 May 30th, 2019

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Our lab will soon welcome another new PhD student from China. Qi Meng has been granted the Chinese Government Scholarship (also known as CSC) under Boya's supervision, which will support her four-year research project at our lab. Her project will focus on the social and emotional development of Chinese children with hearing loss.

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Carolien presents at congress about Emotion Regulation

May 28th, 2019

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On Monday 21st of May Carolien presented at a Congress about the emotion regulation of children and adolescents. Carolien's presentation discussed the emotion regulation of autistic youngsters, and was well received by all.

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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), the Centre for Autism, the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), TU Delft, and University of Twente. 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 who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, 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.