September 2nd, 2019
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.
July 17th, 2019
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.
June 4th, 2019
Today, June 4th 2019, Evelien Broekhof defended her PhD dissertation. Evelien's research reveals that adolescents with autism or hearing loss experience less shame and guilt than their peers, and this may have important implications.
We all experience shame and guilt at one time or another, and these emotions serve an important function: to communicate regret for our actions. Shame and guilt ensure that we follow societal rules and norms, allowing us to function well within our social context. Evelien's research examined the role of shame and guilt in the development of aggresssion throughout adolescence.
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