July 16th, 2018
Teenagers with autism are often socially isolated and thus have less access to a social learning environment. Yet, essential social and emotional skills are developed through interaction with peers; by trial and error young people learn how to behave in a group, negotiate, make up after an argument, among other skills. This is where youngsters with autism miss out, which contributes to their social and emotional difficulties throughout life.
The NWO has now awarded an LDE (Leiden-Delft-Erasmus) grant of € 500,000 to Carolien, Alexander Koutamanis (Delft University of Technology) and Els Blijd (Interpsy Groningen) to fund research aimed at facilitating social participation in adolescents with autism in high school settings. Read more on the NWO website here (in English) and the Leiden University website here (in Dutch).
July 10th, 2018
Danique (top left), Sjors (top right) and Tamara (bottom) presented their Masters theses at Leiden University Psychology Science Day on the 5th of July 2018.
Danique's research examined experinces of moral emotions; shame and guilt, in children with developmental language disorder (DLD). It is the first study to investigate moral emotions in this group and may have significant implications for their social development, as there is a known link between moral emotions and moral behavior.
Sjors' research was a longitudinal study on theory of mind (ToM) in young children (age 1 - 6) with autism, which indicated that - after an initial delay - children with autism seem to catch up on most early ToM capacities.
Tamara examined how the proactive and reactive aggression of pre-school children is related to their peer interactions and emotion regulation abilities. In order to measure the frequency and duration of the children’s interactions on the playground, she used data from radio-frequency identification devices collected by Guida in Lisbon, Portugal (see more about this method here).
Congratulations Danique, Sjors & Tamara!
June 19, 2018
On 25 June 2018, Carolien and Prof. Joost Kok from University of Twente are organizing a symposium to show new possibilities for research and other applications using Information Technology. Please click here for more information about the location and program.