Impact of Symbolic Gesturing on Early Language Development

  title={Impact of Symbolic Gesturing on Early Language Development},
  author={Susan Goodwyn and Linda P. Acredolo and Catherine Brown},
  journal={Journal of Nonverbal Behavior},
The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effect on verbal language development of purposefully encouraging hearing infants to use simple gestures as symbols for objects, requests, and conditions. To this end, 103, 11-month-old infants were divided into three groups, all of whom were seen in the laboratory for a variety of assessments, including standardized language tests at 15, 19, 24, 30, and 36 months. Parents of those in the Sign Training group modeled symbolic gestures and… 

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