Gesture Use in 14-Month-Old Toddlers With Hearing Loss and Their Mothers’ Responses

Ambrose, S.E. (2106) American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. 25. pp. 519-531.


Purpose: This study examined the gesture use of 14-month-old toddlers with hearing loss (HL) and mothers’ responses to children’s early gesture use. Comparisons were made to symbolic language and to dyads in which the toddler had normal hearing (NH).


Conclusion: Although toddlers’ gesture abilities remain intact in the presence of HL, mothers were not maximally responsive to those gestures and thus should be coached to increase their provision of contingent feedback.

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