Lenka Janik Blaskova

University position

PhD student
Supervised by Dr Jenny Gibson


Faculty of Education


PEDAL - Play, Education, Development and Learning

Research Themes

Developmental Neuroscience

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience


My research investigates the peer relations and wellbeing of children with developmental language disorder. Children with DLD have complex psycholinguistic profile and some are able to adapt their behaviours better than others. This gets reflected in their peer acceptance and friendships.

I aim to learn what within-child characteristics are the main contributors to children's social-emotional adaptation, assessing language, psychosocial attributes and behaviours - as outlined in the existing interpretive frameworks.

My multiple case study design includes data from parent & teacher reports, classroom & playground observations, peer & friendship nominations. I conducted psycholinguistic assessment, interviews with children with DLD (n=14) & their friends (n =11), recorded a dyadic play.

My analysis looks for a potential typology of children with DLD based on their peer relations; children's understanding of friendships and how it plays out in their wellbeing experiences in school.

Research Focus


developmental language disorder

peer relations



Clinical conditions

No direct clinical relevance


Behavioural analysis

Psycholinguistic profiling


No collaborators listed

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