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Hand gestures improve learning in both signers, speakers

October 2, 2014 in Research

 

 

Science Daily
Date: August 19, 2014
Source: University of Chicago

 

Summary:
Spontaneous gesture can help children learn, whether they use a spoken language or sign language, according to a new report. “Children who can hear use gesture along with speech to communicate as they acquire spoken language,” a researcher said. “Those gesture-plus-word combinations precede and predict the acquisition of word combinations that convey the same notions. The findings make it clear that children have an understanding of these notions before they are able to express them in speech.”

Using gestures helps children develop basic learning and cognitive skills, aiding them in problem-solving tasks.