September 3rd, 2021
August 30th, Claudia Libbi (University of Twente) publicly (online) presented and defended her master project “When Life Gives You Lemons". In this project, Claudia designed a prototype of a computer game to support autistic girls (10-16 years old) in thinking about and practicing daily-life social interactions with peers. Every step of its development was done in co-design with autistic girls, who could inform Claudia from first-hand experiences about their daily issues and dilemmas, feeding directly into the game. The prototype was well-received, both by the stakeholders, the autistic girls, and the audience present at the defense.
Are you interested to know more about the prototype of this game? Watch the video on youtube.
Are you curious about the techniques behind the scene? Check out Claudia's Github.
August 16th, 2021
Who doesn’t know them, emojis in WhatsApp conversations? But how do teenagers use these? And what about autistic teens? Our new intern, João Pereira Batista (see photo) is using his summer holiday to adapt various tasks into an online design that can test emoji-skills in teenagers as soon as the new academic year will start again. The study was originally initiated and designed some time ago by master student Jonna van der Velde. (Click to view webpage)
July 19th, 2021
After a mandatory pause due to the pandemic, testing has begun again in Portugal. Through close and active collaboration with Dr. Herédio Sousa (Hospital Dona Estefânia) and Dra. Luísa Monteiro (Hospital Lusíadas Lisboa), it was possible to select more children at the ENT departments who meet the criteria to participate in our project on social inclusion at the playground. Many parents were enthusiastic to participate with their deaf or hard-of-hearing child. Soon, PhD student Brenda who coordinates this project in Portugal will start testing again.
June 21st, 2021
On June 18th, the 2nd webinar (click here to read about the 1st webinar) was successfully held between the Focus on Emotions Lab and the China Rehabilitation Research Center for Hearing and Speech Impairment (CRRCHSI). This was a bilingual webinar given in both English and Chinese. Since the completion of the 2nd wave of data collection in March, the centre was eager to discuss current outcomes, future collaboration, and the utility of the social emotional testing battery.
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