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Project Introduction

Project Empower

Launch of the EMPOWER project set to address the educational needs of children with neurodevelopmental conditions. Led by the University of Valencia (Spain), EMPOWER is a new European interdisciplinary research project that will develop and deploy a unique technological learning platform to enhance the personalized education of children with neurodevelopmental conditions.


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Project starting date

October 2022

What will Empower do

Main Objective

Its main objective is to empower teachers to better support children in schools regarding their emotional and behavioural difficulties and ultimately improve their quality of life.

The program will involve a range of activities, including training sessions for teachers, research and development of new resources, and ongoing support and collaboration among partners to ensure the success of the project.


Neurodevelopmental conditions affect approximately 15% of children aged 3 to 17 years. These children can have difficulties with language and speech, motor skills, behaviour, memory, learning, or other neurological functions. These difficulties can have a significant impact on their learning, access to education, and in turn social inclusion. Children with Neurodevelopmental conditions can thus greatly benefit from education support tailored to their needs.

Over the next three years

Over the next three years, EMPOWER will contribute to answering these questions by (1) developing novel technological support for the education of children with neurodevelopmental conditions, (2) developing adequate training for educational staff, and (3) issuing recommendations for the future regarding the potential and limitations of technology-augmented education to inform future developments.

EMPOWER will thus create a novel educational platform based on new paradigms from psychology that suggest that Executive Function and Emotional
Self-Regulation are two key sets of skills to target in the educational support for students with Neurodevelopmental conditions.

The educational platform will be co-created by all relevant stakeholders and will facilitate the improvement of these key skills in children. It is expected that by using a game-based approach, children will improve their learning and emotional skills, better integrate into the educational system, and improve their quality of life. The platform efficacy will be tested and evaluated in school settings according to the strict standards of a randomized clinical trial.

In addition to technological advances, the lessons learned from the development and deployment of this platform will provide valuable insights into the needs and possibilities for training teachers in the use of new technologies as well as input into future policies governing technology in education, including, in particular refined ethical frameworks.

Leading the EMPOWER consortium, the University of Valencia (Spain) will coordinate the transnational team made of a range of leading experts in their respective fields including from Radboud University (The Netherlands), Babeş-Bolyai University, the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca and the company ITDATA TELECOM (Romania), the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, INESC-ID and ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon (Portugal), as well as Autism-Europe (Belgium). The work of the consortium is co-funded by the Horizon Europe programme of the European Union.