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On August 30th, 11.00 am, Claudia Libbi (University of Twente) will publicly present and defend her master project! Aim of the project was to design a prototype of an applied computer game in which autistic teenage girls can practice and reflect on their day-to-day interactions with peers. Central in this process was the role of co-design, in fact, the autistic girls added to its content and development in close collab with Claudia.

To join the presentation click here .


Claudia's presentation at the INTENSE plennary meeting

October 7th, 2021

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On October 6-7 Claudia Libbi presented at the INTENSE plennary meeting in Amsterdam.
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Claudia presented the “Children’s access to noisy environments; towards better social inclusion”, in which she described how she wants to use VR in testing CI children's ability for sound selection in noisy environments. This annual plenary meeting is meant for each work package to present their progresses and discuss the outcomes and utilization with the stakeholders. 

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Carolien went live for the Autism TV Broadcast

September 22nd, 2021

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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.

Boya's lecture on emotion expression, on campus!

September 15th, 2021

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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.


"When Life Gives You Lemons" - prototype computer game for autistic girls

September 3rd, 2021

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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


Recent & Upcoming Events

October 6th and 7th 2021: Claudia, Yung-Ting and Carolien present at the INTENSE plenary meeting

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On October 6-7 Claudia Libbi will be presenting at the INTENSE plennary meeting in Amsterdam.

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September 22nd 2021, 20.00 CET: Carolien on Autism TV

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August 30th 2021, 11.00 CET: Claudia Libbi public MSc defense

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Carolien and Alma Schaafstal at SmartXP

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Walking around with program director Alma Schaafstal, at SmartXP, home of Creative / Interaction Technology, University of Twente!
It’s good to see students back on campus!

Carolien's interview by LDE Centre for Bold Cities



From September 27 to October 1, it was the Dutch national Annual Week Against Bullying. 
In the context of this week, Carolien was interviewed by the LDE Centre for BOLD Cities.

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Play in Portuguese preschool children with hearing loss

March 26th, 2021


March 25, Brenda presented at the International Congress of Early Childhood Outdoor Practices on play in Portuguese preschool children with hearing loss in mainstream or special schools. 

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Who are we?

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Our team is located at the department of Developmental Psychology of Leiden University and at the Human Media Interaction at the technical University of Twente, both in the Netherlands. We work in close collaboration with the ENT department of the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), the mental health organisations INTER-PSY (Groningen) and Curium-LUMC, the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), and TU Delft. Our group is dedicated to examining the development of emotional intelligence of children and adolescents from a very young age; with a strong focus on 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 (DHH), with autism, or with a Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). Currently, we have an ongoing project on social inclusion at schools that utilises sensor technology with DHH and autistic children. Since 2017, our team has also been working in close collaboration with a centre for DHH children in China.

On this site we will post regular news items about new publications, events, and other important news. You can also read more about our ongoing projects, read about/download questionnaires we have developed, peruse the list of our publications per topic, or learn about opportunities for students to join our team.