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J Speech Hear Res. 1991 Jun;34(3):604-12.

Language and gesture in late talkers: a 1-year follow-up.

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Center for Research in Language, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla 92093.


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.

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