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Parents modify gesture according to task demands and child language needs

Wray, C; Norbury, CF; (2018) Parents modify gesture according to task demands and child language needs. First Language , 28 (4) pp. 419-439. 10.1177/0142723718761729. Green open access

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Abstract

Parent–child interaction plays a crucial role in early language acquisition. In young typically developing children, direct and indirect relationships between parent gesture, child gesture and child language have been observed. Far less is known about these relationships in atypical language development. The present study investigated parent gesture frequency in relation to child gesture frequency and language ability. Parent–child dyads were observed for children aged 6–8 years with developmental language disorder (DLD: n = 21) relative to parents of typically developing peers (TD: n = 18) and children with low language (LL) and educational concerns (n = 21). Parents of children with DLD gestured at significantly higher rates than parents of TD children, but only during a complex interactive problem solving task. Across the entire sample, parent gesture rate was positively correlated with child gesture rate, but negatively correlated with child vocabulary. Parent gesture thus may serve as a strategy to maximise communication success for children with language difficulties and is most evident when communication demands are high.

Type: Article
Title: Parents modify gesture according to task demands and child language needs
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0142723718761729
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/0142723718761729
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Children, communication, developmental language disorder, gesture, language, parent–child interaction
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Language and Cognition
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10041429
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