This study investigated whether children with receptive-expressive and expressive-only language delay differ in their use of gesture, to examine relationships between their use of gesture, symbolic comprehension and language, and to consider implications for the nature of problems underlying different profiles of early language delay and for assessment. Findings of this study support previous research pointing to links between gesture and language development, and more specifically, between delays in gesture, symbolic understanding, and receptive rather than expressive language.
O’Neill, Hilary & Chiat, Shula. (2015). What our hands say: Exploring gesture use in subgroups of children with language delay. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research. doi:10.1044/2015_JSLHR-L-14-0187