|Effectiveness of a Theory of Mind group treatment in DLD and D/HH. Unravelling the interplay between language, theory of mind, inner speech and executive functioning.|
|Young adults with a developmental language disorder (DLD) or deaf / hearing impaired (D/HH) young adults suffer from social difficulties and emotional disorders much more often than their peers. This social-emotional problem can be differentiated neuropsychologically in terms of Theory of Mind (ToM) disorders, executive limitations, language problems and a (related) lack of experience with language and communication. Within the current project, a ToM group treatment is developed based on state-of-the-art insight into the neuropsychological profile of young adults with DLD and D/HH. This specialized ToM group treatment builds on an existing ToM treatment for adults with autism (Vissers & Honée-van Zijll de Jong, 2015, Vissers & Honée-van Zijll de Jong, 2018). The ToM treatment for young adults with DLD and D/HH aims to eliminate stagnation in ToM development in order to promote social interaction and emotional functioning. The effectiveness of this treatment is investigated within a randomized design with repeated measures (T0, T1, T2). Through cognitive tests, questionnaires, behavioural observations and a semi-structured interview, the short and long-term effects of the ToM group treatment are investigated on social-emotional functioning and the ability to form a ToM in adolescents with DLD or D/HH.
This project originated in collaboration with Royal Dutch Kentalis.
|Prof. dr. Ludo Verhoeven, Prof. dr. Harry Knoors, Dr. Constance Vissers|