Dr. Sofie Boterberg

Sofie BoterbergI am Sofie Boterberg, clinical psychologist and PhD student within the developmental disorders lab. My interest within the research field of developmental disorders is primarily on regression in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). One third of the children with ASD initially shows a typical development followed by a loss of previously established language, social-communicative, play, motor and/or adaptive skills, somewhere in the second year of life. To gain more insight into the course, possible predictors and later outcomes, I will both focus on the early development of infants with a high risk of ASD and the developmental history of school-aged children with ASD.
Since a significant number of children with ASD have metabolic disorders such as mitochondrial dysfunctions (an energy metabolism disorder), and these are possibly related to developmental regression, I will collaborate with the department of Paediatrics and Genetics at the faculty of Medicine to further investigate this relationship.          
I find the research very interesting since it can generate both theoretical and practical knowledge. In this way, the research can contribute to more insight into the different developmental pathways, which can lead to more knowledge with regard to the early detection and treatment of children with ASD.




Boterberg, S., & Warreyn, P. (2016). Making sense of it all: The impact of sensory processing sensitivity on daily functioning of children. Personality and Individual Differences, 92, 80-86. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2015.12.022