Daniel Holzinger, PH.D.

Daniel Holzinger

Daniel Holzinger is a clinical linguist and director of the Centre for Communication and Language at the Institute of Neurology of Senses and Language in Linz. He lectures at the University of Graz and is deputy head of the Research Institute of Developmental Medicine at the Johannes Kepler University Linz.

He has conducted research on language and socio-emotional development of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Dr. Holzinger co-organizes the International Congress on Family-Centred Early Intervention in Austria.

Title abstract
Effects of Family Environment on Language and Mental Health Outcomes of Children who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing: in Search of Specific Family Behaviors and Mechanisms

Based on what is known about social-interactionalist/social-pragmatic origins of language, social and other aspects of development in typically developed children and in special populations (eg Autism Spectrum Disorder), state of the art knowledge on specific parental interaction behaviors influencing language and mental health outcomes in deaf/hoh children is presented. Results of a recent systematic review are reported. Quality and quantity of early and ongoing social (pragmatic) communication between parents and their children are confirmed as key factors.

Implications for intervention approaches are discussed. An overview on principles of best practice in family centred intervention developed through a participatory approach of families as experts-by-experience, interventionists, researchers,  therapeutic and medical professionals concludes the presentation.