Development of Reaching Gesture and Its Communicative Functions in 8- to 12-Month-Old Normally Developing Children: A Longitudinal Study

Alimoradi, Nafise and Zarifian, Talieh and Ashtari, Atieh and Bakhshi, Enayatollah (2017) Development of Reaching Gesture and Its Communicative Functions in 8- to 12-Month-Old Normally Developing Children: A Longitudinal Study. Journal of Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, 27 (152). pp. 197-202.

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Abstract

Background and purpose: In developmental process, children use gestures for communication. One of these gestures is reaching which has various communicative functions. The purpose of this research was to investigate the development of reaching and its communicative functions in normally developed children aged 8-12 months whose language was Persian. Materials and methods: This longitudinal, prospective observational research included nine non-randomized normally developed children with Persian language. Observations of mother-child interaction at home were conducted by semi-structural play environment and the frequency of target behavior was estimated. Results: The mean values for age of the emergence and consistent use of the reaching gesture were 8 months and 11 days and 9 month and 11 days, respectively. Behavior regulation was found to be the communicative function of reaching at this age range (P<0.001). The Frequency of this gesture increased during five consecutive months (P<0.001). Conclusion: The results showed that reaching is probably one of the first gestures formed in Persian speaking children and its main function is behavioral regulation of their partners.     

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: gestures, nonverbal communication, child development, mother-child interaction
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email eprints@mazums.ac.ir
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2018 19:19
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2018 19:19
URI: http://eprints.mazums.ac.ir/id/eprint/406

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