4th Publication as a result of empirical study about the effects of CRDL

Publication: WTA; Wetenschappelijk Tijdschrift Autisme – Theorie en Praktijk; Jaargang 17 nummer 4, 2018. 

Authors: Dr. Nienke Peters-Scheffer is university teacher at Radboud University in Nijmegen and works at Driestroom. Lisanne Tuenter and Yke Frankena are remedial education generalists.


“The CRDL is an interactive care instrument that translates interpersonal touch into sound. It is developed to enable social interaction between people with developmental disabilities and their caregivers. Videoclips of interaction between five participants with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability and their caregivers with and without the CRDL were analyzed. Although results varied within and between participants, moderate effects were seen in all variables for at least two of the five participants. Two of the five participants showed more initiative and less behavioral problems.Three of the five participants had a better mood during interactions with the CRDL than during interactions without the CRDL. During interactions with the CRDL three of the five caregivers were more sensitive for the mood, developmental level, and level of arousal of the participant.”