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Gesture and speech go hand-in-hand in twins’ early language development, show studies – News-Medical.Net

Gestures–such as pointing or waving–go hand in hand with a child’s first words, and twins lag behind single children in producing and using those gestures, two…

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Gestures–such as pointing or waving–go hand in hand with a child’s first words, and twins lag behind single children in producing and using those gestures, two studies from Georgia State University psychology researchers show.
Twins produce fewer gestures and gesture to fewer objects than other children, said principal researcher Seyda Ozcaliskan, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology. Language use also lags for twins, and language–but not gesture–is also affected by sex, with…

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