How HANDy are baby signs? A commentary on a systematic review of the impact of gestural communication on typically developing, hearing infants under the age of 36 months

Howard, Lorraine and Doherty-Sneddon, Gwyneth (2014) How HANDy are baby signs? A commentary on a systematic review of the impact of gestural communication on typically developing, hearing infants under the age of 36 months. First Language, 34 (6). pp. 510-515. ISSN 0142-7237

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Abstract

The ethos behind provision of early intervention programmes to infants and young children with additional support needs has been established for some time (e.g. Right-from-the-Start), but targeting the development of typically developing infants has been a relatively recent phenomenon. Baby sign is one of the many intervention techniques available, alongside programmes focused on movement, music, massage, multisensory experience, as well as reading specifically to infants and toddlers. Some of these alternatives, like baby sign, make claims regarding cognitive and socio-emotional advancements. However, much of this can be based on anecdote and opinion. This has happened in the case of baby sign.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Baby sign; communication technique; representational flexibility; spontaneity; symbolic gesturing
Subjects: Q100 Linguistics
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2015 09:49
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:24
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/18541

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