Date of Award
Communication Disorders and Sciences
Preverbal children around the world use gestures to communicate before they have words to do so. Variations in children’s gestures remain an important predictor of children’s later language and social skills. Infant sign language includes gestures in preverbal children. There is evidence to support that infant sign does not impede verbal development, that there is a positive relationship between infant sign and development, and finally that infant sign can enhance mother-infant interactions.