Constance Vissers is clinical neuropsychologist and post doc researcher affiliated to Royal Dutch Kentalis and Radboud University Nijmegen (Behavioural Science Institute). Her research and clinical work share focus on developing innovative neuropsychological assessment and treatment of children with developmental language disorder.
Deaf and hard-of-hearing children are at risk in their social-emotional development. We argue that Executive Functions and Theory of Mind are two central underlying cognitive factors in social-emotional functioning. We briefly review what is currently known about executive functioning and theory-ofmind development in deaf and hard-of-hearing adolescents and then explain a neuropsychological model of social emotional functioning with a central role for Inner Speech in relation to Executive Functions and Theory of Mind. We
present a recently developed Theory of Mind group treatment for deaf/hard of hearing adolescents which aims to improve social-emotional functioning by stimulating Theory of Mind development, executive development and Inner Speech. Finally, preliminary empirical results on the effectiveness of this Theory of Mind group treatment for deaf/hard-of-hearing adolescents are shared
(N=32: wait list pre-, post- follow-up trial).