We study atypical and typical development using various measures.
We study atypical and typical development using various measures:
- clinical interviews,
- cognitive training designs,
- behavioural observations,
- neurocognitive tests,
- brain imaging (MRI),
- psychophysiological recordings (EEG, GSR)
and genetic analyses.
Using these measures, risk- and protective factors in child development are studied in the general population as well as in clinical populations. In close collaboration with the out-patient clinic (Ambulatorium) of our department, we study cognitive problems and subsequent behaviour and emotional problems in children with obvious brain maturation delay (intelligence levels below normal) or dysfunctions due to genetic syndromes (such as 47,XXY, Turner, 22Q11, Cornelia de Lange syndrome), due to genetic risk (such as autism, ADHD, ODD/CD, schizophrenia/psychosis) or brain disease (such as NF type 1, Leukemia). Developmental issues can be explored by comparison of children with typical development to those with behavioural and emotional anomalies.
The research programme is concerned with the development of models and methods to accurately and effectively measure child factors (like adaptive behaviour, social competence or neurocognitive development) and environmental factors (like birth complications or parental stress). Since the research programme is practice based, our findings translate to clinical intervention programmes. Methods of prevention (early intervention) and treatment of developmental problems are evaluated.
This approach allows us to contribute to the improvement of the clinical services for troubled children and adolescents by acquiring scientific insight into the nature and aetiology of severe cognitive and emotional developmental disorders, behavioural problems and learning impairments, and by developing accurate and effective evidence-based methods for diagnosis, prevention and treatment of such disorders in children and adolescents.