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ERIC Number: ED360765
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 13
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Hand Preference in Young Children's Early Signing.
Bonvillian, John D.; And Others
This study examined young children's hand usage when they produced American Sign Language signs and while they played, in order to determine their hand preference in early signing and to compare their hand use in signing with their hand preference in other, nonlinguistic, motor actions. Subjects were 24 young children (from the age of 12 months or younger to the age of 18 months or older) of deaf parents, living in homes in which sign language was the principal means of communication. Of those signs made with one hand or with a clearly dominant signing hand, 83 percent of the signs were right-handed and 17 percent were left-handed. The evidence for a distinct hand preference in nonsign gestures and motor actions was not as clear as it was for sign production. Of the motor actions made with a single hand, 60 percent were right-handed and 40 percent were left-handed. In a later questionnaire survey of 23 of the 24 sets of deaf parents, parents revealed that 20 of the children indicated a mature right-hand preference for nonsign actions, while 19 showed a right-hand preference in their signing. The children were slightly accelerated in their manual mode acquisition of several early language milestones. Findings indicate an earlier onset of a distinct hand preference than has been previously reported. (Contains 12 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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