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In Brain-Injured Children, Gesturing Predicts Language Delays

[Source: University of Chicago via Newswise]
Children with brain injuries may use gesture to signal they need help in developing language, research at the University of Chicago shows. The children who make the fewest gestures early in development also develop spoken vocabulary more slowly.
A research team studied 11 children with brain lesions, areas of damaged tissue, to determine the relationship between gesture and language development. They compared the children’s development to language development in 53 children without brain injuries.
Researchers found that eight of the 11 children with brain injuries had vocabulary development below the 25th percentile at 18 months, but only five of the children still had delayed language development four months later.
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