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Developing a new area of expertise

It is relatively unknown that there may be a link between a neurological illness or disorder and learning performance and behavior.

The Center for Neurological Learning and Development Disabilities engages in scientific research to maximally stimulate and utilize the learning potential of a child.

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Brain and muscles: what is the coherence?

An entirely new field of research has opened up with the realization that the brains could be involved in certain muscular diseases.

Children with such a muscular disease have a larger risk of needing care in the field of learning and behavior. Timely and optimal support of their learning skills is, therefore, important. The question how cognitive capabilities of these children’s brains can be stimulated – and the role of movement – is an important new field of research for Kempenhaeghe.

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Early detection: looking for the right type of test

An associated field of research is the question how to detect and diagnose learning and behavioral problems at an early stage, as there is a lack of reliable measuring instruments for young children.

Previous research by a graduate student showed that cognition explains only part of the problems. The question is whether time perception and motivation can be early predictors or learning and behavioral problems. The Center for Neurological Learning and Development Disabilities developed a questionnaire aimed at the concept of time: the Children’s Time Awareness Questionnaire. This turns out to be a valid and reliable addition to neuropsychological testing of children. In addition, the Center also focuses on the possibilities of eye-tracking in diagnostics.