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ERIC Number: EJ877726
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Early Gesture Predicts Language Delay in Children with Pre- Or Perinatal Brain Lesions
Sauer, Eve; Levine, Susan C.; Goldin-Meadow, Susan
Child Development, v81 n2 p528-539 Mar-Apr 2010
Does early gesture use predict later productive and receptive vocabulary in children with pre- or perinatal unilateral brain lesions (PL)? Eleven children with PL were categorized into 2 groups based on whether their gesture at 18 months was within or below the range of typically developing (TD) children. Children with PL whose gesture was within the TD range developed a productive vocabulary at 22 and 26 months and a receptive vocabulary at 30 months that were all within the TD range. In contrast, children with PL below the TD range did not. Gesture was thus an early marker of which children with early unilateral lesions would eventually experience language delay, suggesting that gesture is a promising diagnostic tool for persistent delay.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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