On Friday May 10th, the kick-off meeting of the NWO project "Breaking the cycle: an inclusive school environment outside the classroom for adolescents with ASD" took place in Leiden, marking the start of this 5-year project. Partners from collaborating universities, professional organizations for autism, and patient associations came together to celebrate the start of this multidisciplinary collaboration and to get ready for the next upcoming years with interesting presentations and lively discussions.
How can sensor technologies add values to current research? On April 9th, the monthly BOLD Talks was held in our lab on the topic of "Possibilities and implications of sensor data". Daniel Messinger (University of Miami) and Ed Baines (UCL) talked about their work within the framework of BOLD Cities. Adva, Lisa, and Ozge also presented the use of sensor data in their research. During the plenary discussion, the potentials and pitfalls of applying different sensor technologies as well as the possible directions for handling missing data and priviacy were explored. Read more about the talk here.
The 2nd of April is the internationally recognized World Autism Awareness Day designated by the United Nations, aiming to increase and develop world knowledge of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). For this special day, Carolien wrote a blog on autism and bullying to emphasize the importance of diversity and inclusion. You can read the blog here.
On December 26th 2018, Adva participated in a research seminar at the Center for Disability Studies in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In her lecture "Play and Toys for All", Adva talked about barriers for play and playfulness in children with disabilities, with a special focus on children with a hearing loss, and referred to the emotional, social and methodological aspects of play.
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.