Gesture and communication across development

Eliza L. Congdon, Miriam A. Novack

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Communication involves more than just spoken language. Gestures, which are meaningful hand movements, play a key role in communication across development. Here we begin by discussing the time course of gesture production and comprehension in typically developing children. We then outline how gesture plays a critical role in learning and conceptual change. Finally, we consider gesture’s role in the development of special populations of learners with impaired verbal communication. Taken together, this review draws attention to the importance of considering non-verbal cues in communication and learning across development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Curated Reference Collection in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
PublisherElsevier Science Ltd.
ISBN (Electronic)9780128093245
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Beat gesture
  • Cognitive change
  • Communication
  • Deictic gesture
  • Down syndrome
  • Gesture
  • Iconic gesture
  • Language
  • Mismatching speech and gesture
  • Pointing
  • Representational action

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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