December 3th, 2021
All children need play to develop well. However, playgrounds can be difficult to access for children with special needs. Some children are thus left on the outskirts of a playground. Dec 2nd, an (hybrid) expert meeting at the University of Twente was organized, to integrate insights from experts in psychology, interactive technology and ethical computing, and from organizations with an expertise in inclusive playground design (i.e., Johan Cruyff Foundation, Jantje Beton, and Yalp). At the kick off the experts were invited to play on an interactive playground built by Yalp in Enschede!
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November 11th, 2021
Not one, but now two PhD diplomas! On November 10th, Boya successfully defended her second PhD dissertation, entitled "Understanding, expressing and interacting: The development of emotional functioning in young children with autism." In her dissertation, Boya found that most of the emotional abilities that she examined improved with age in autistic children. Some abilities even grew at a faster rate than in non-autistic children, showing that autistic children have great potential. Read more about her dissertation in this interview here.
Congratulations on this achievement, Boya!
October 7th, 2021
On October 6-7, Claudia Libbi presented at the INTENSE plenary meeting in Amsterdam. In her presentation, Claudia described how she wants to use VR in testing the ability of cochlear implants for sound selection in noisy environments, such as in classrooms and school hallways, to promote better social inclusion of children with hearing loss in schools. This annual plenary meeting of the INTENSE project was meant for each work package to present their progresses and discuss the outcomes and utilization with the stakeholders. Carolien, Claudia, and Yung-Ting are part of the Work Package 2 (Deafness). Click here for more information about the meeting!
September 22nd, 2021
Wednesday sept 22, Carolien was invited by Autisme TV to talk about bullying in school in a live broadcast. Also at the table was Jeffrey Wijkhuisen, who has autism and experienced a lot of bullying during his high school years. Both Jeffrey and Carolien stressed the harmful effects of being neglected, or as Jeffrey put it “as if you do not exist”, yet this kind of bullying is often not recognized by teachers and mentors. Carolien repeatedly emphasized that bullying is about a (wrong and harmful) group process that should change, but we should never focus on the pupil who is bullied, as this can happen to anyone. The interviewer, Anouk Breeman, responded “I wish I had known this when I was in school”.
You can access the broadcast through this link.