The Loose Parts project was successfully completed in the first primary school on July 15th. The goal of this intervention is facilitating children's social interaction at the playground, and thus enhancing social inclusion during children' play time. The children were enthusiastic with the parts, and we also received good feedback from teachers. The primary school will continue further with the project on their own.
What is the representation of people of color within art? Do young people of color also feel their norms and values reflected in the museum collection. The new network of Dutch museums aims to embed diversity and inclusion in the museum and heritage sector in a sustainable manner by providing educational programs. Carolien gave her input drawing from past research and experience on children and young people - "Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a huge boost for a movement that has been going on in the black community for some time, but fortunately is now increasingly expanding into society." Thus highlighting the importance of diversity and inclusion within society and art. Click here to read more!
This is a snapshot of a fun and productive virtual meeting! As part of the NWO-funded "Breaking the cycle" project, Carolien, Sarah Giest and Reia Lee talked about the research into the policy dimension of appropriate education (or Passend Onderwijs, PO). Click here to read more about their research.
How can schools adapt to different needs? Adva's project on inclusive schools is part of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus affiliated Leading Fellows Postdoc program and in collaboration with the Centre for BOLD Cities. In a recent interview, Adva shares her outcomes on social inclusion of children with communication difficulties in schools: "Attending regular classes does not necessarily mean that students with communication difficulties are included socially. As social interactions are crucial for emotional development, it is important to see how mainstream schools can improve social participation," noted Adva. Read the full interview here.
Recent & Upcoming Events
June 26th 14.00-15.30 Webinar on Sensors (Part II)
Starting from June 8th, Maedeh Nasri joins our lab as a PhD candidate. Her multidisciplinery project is within the Centre for BOLD Cities, as part of the NWO-funded "Breaking the cycle" project, combining Psychology, Computer Science, Government, and Architecture.
Children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) often experience more internalizing symptoms, such as social anxiety. However, very little is known about the factors that protect children with DLD from developing such symptoms.
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.