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.
September 15th, 2021
The course Clinical and Child Adolescent Psychology (CCAP) for the Bachelor students of Psychology kicked off in the new semester! On 14 September, Boya gave her first physical lecture on "emotion expression" after the university is reopened for education on campus. Read more about the CCAP course here or visit our For Students section to learn about other courses that we teach.
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)