What our hands say: Exploring gesture use in subgroups of children with language delay

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

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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