Evelien Dirks

Evelien Dirks

Evelien Dirks, is a senior researcher at the NSDSK, specialist in Language and Hearing. Her research focuses on parent-child interaction, language, social-emotional and cognitive development in young deaf and hard of hearing children. She is also involved in projects focusing on early literacy and numeracy development of deaf and hard of hearing children. Next to her research she co-developed books, movies, courses, and apps for children with hearing loss, caregivers, and professionals.

Title abstract
May I have your attention please? The importance of joint attention in the development of young DHH children.

Duo presentation with Daan Hermans

Joint attention involves the child and adult coordinating mutual engagement with their mutual focus on objects or events. Infant joint attention is pivotal for early cognitive development and social-emotional development. Several studies have shown the difficulties in attaining and maintaining joint attention in dyads of DHH children and their hearing caregivers. In the presentation we will give an overview of the development of joint attention in hearing and DHH children and the association with other developmental domains in young DHH children. New technologies such as eye-tracking to measure joint attention in infant-caregiver dyads will be discussed and illustrated. Further, we will present two of our ongoing studies on joint attention. In the first study we examine word learning in DHH infants within the context of the infant-caregiver dyad by using eye tracking technology. In a second study we examine the effect of a video-feedback intervention to promote joint attention in DHH baby-caregiver dyads.