Language and Gesture in Late Talkers A 1-Year Follow-up Research Article
Research Article  |   June 01, 1991
Language and Gesture in Late Talkers
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Donna Thal
    University of California, San Diego
  • Stacy Tobias
    University of California, San Diego
  • Deborah Morrison
    University of California, San Diego
  • Requests for reprints should be sent to Donna J. Thal, PhD, Center for Research in Language, C008, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093.
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Research Article   |   June 01, 1991
Language and Gesture in Late Talkers
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1991, Vol. 34, 604-612. doi:10.1044/jshr.3403.604
History: Received February 9, 1990 , Accepted September 5, 1990
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1991, Vol. 34, 604-612. doi:10.1044/jshr.3403.604
History: Received February 9, 1990; Accepted September 5, 1990

A 1-year follow-up of relationships between language and symbolic gesture in 10 children with delayed onset of early lexical skills (Thal & Bates, 1988a) is reported Original data are reevaluated in light of new knowledge about which late talkers continued to be significantly delayed 1 year later (truly delayed) and which ones had “caught up” (late bloomers) Results showed that all 4 children who were truly delayed at follow-up had been delayed in language comprehension at the first visit, but the 6 late bloomers had been at the same level as their age-matched controls. In addition, truly delayed late talkers had been significantly poorer on all of the gesture tasks than late talkers who caught up

Acknowledgment
This work was partially funded by Grant #R29 DC00482 from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
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