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On Saturday 14th of September Rachel will present a poster at the Autism Europe International Congress in Nice, France. She will be presenting research on the empathic responses of autistic girls and boys at the 'Gender & sexuality' poster session at 17:10.

The Week Against Bullying: How do we stop bullying?

September 23rd, 2019

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Being bullied is not only bad at the moment itself, but also affects children in the long term. Carolien talks about this in a recent news item (in Dutch) on the Week Against Bullying, September 23-30, 2019. 


Bobbie received MSc in Developmental Psychology

September 19th, 2019

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On September 18th, Bobbie van Zessen graduated cum laude for her master in Developmental Psychology. She worked with Adva on the inclusion of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children in mainstream education. Congratulations, Bobbie!


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. The paper is available open access in Autism Research, click here to read it.



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

October 16th - 19th 2019: European Symposium on Paediatric Cochlear Implantation

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September 13th - 15th 2019: Autism Europe Congress

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

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Danique received MPhil in Psychology

September 20th, 2019

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Danique Willems, our former research master student and student assistent, received her MPhil in Psychology today, cum laude. Congratulations Danique, we are very proud of you!

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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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.