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Children’s Beat Gestures Predict the Subsequent Development of Their Oral Skills

28th June, 2021

[Source: Science Daily]

New research shows that the early production of beat gestures with the hands (i.e., gestures normally associated with emphasis that do not represent the semantic content of speech) by infants between 14 and 58 months of age in natural interactions with their caregivers predicts that in their later development, nearing the age of five, these children obtain better results insofar as their oral narrative skills.

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