We are researching the emotional development of 1- to 5-year-old deaf children with a cochlear implant, children with an autistic spectrum disorder and typically developing children. See the research site developed for parents and teachers (in Dutch).
Another project concerns the emotional development of 9- to 14-year-old children with a hearing impairment, children with an autistic spectrum disorder and typically developing children. See the research site developed for children and their parents (in Dutch).
We are collaborating with the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) in the DECIBEL-study. This research concerns the impact and benefits of early hearing screening strategies on language and social-emotional skills.
Participatory video project
Together with NSDSK and trainer Ivet Pieper, we have started a participatory video project. Our goal is to develop a methodology to strengthen deaf children's capacities by using participatory video methods (PV). Through video, participating children will become more aware of their own behaviour, how they present themselves, and the effect this has on others. Carolien Rieffe will investigate the effects of PV on social-emotional functioning. For more information on participatory video, see Ivet's YouTube channel.
Our research is funded by:
Associations and societies
Resources for families
Here is a list of resources for families with children who fall into our research population of children with atypical communication abilities (hearing impairment and autism spectrum). Please keep in mind that we are neither endorsing nor criticizing any of these organizations; we simply offer them in hopes you can find something helpful.
Nederlandse Vereniging voor Autisme
Autism Support Network
Autism Association for Overseas Families in The Netherlands
Special education for international children
Nederlandse Stichting voor het Dove en Slechthorende Kind
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