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


Emojis in daily chats

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)




Recent & Upcoming Events

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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June 18th 2021, 10.00-12.00 CET: 2nd Webinar for Chinese DHH Children's Social-Emotional Development (听损儿童社会情绪机能与发展)


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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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Social Inclusion Workshop

March 19th, 2021

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March 19th, at the 20th National Autism Congress, Carolien presented a workshop on social inclusion for pupils with autism. Focus was on issues that pupils with autism had identified during focus group meetings. Their input is essential in developing “autism-welcome” schools.

Welcome to our new PhD candidate Jiayin Zhao

February 17th, 2021

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Jiayin received her China Government Scholarship (CSC) in 2020 and started in our lab January 2021. She will be under the supervision of Carolien and Boya. Jiayin’s thesis focuses on social-emotional functioning in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Congratulations Jiayin and welcome.

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.