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  • Turn in your key concepts paper and readings review.
  • Your intervention paper isn’t due until April 11, but don’t delay on getting started.
  • Your intervention paper is individually written, but the presentation is collaborative.
apa tip of the day plurality of data
APA Tip of the Day: Plurality of ‘data’

“Data” is a plural noun. Therefore:

  • The data are…

NOT:The data is…

  • The data were collected…

Not:The data was collected…

today s topic

Today’s Topic:

Gesture as Communication: Deictic and Representational Gestures


Reference by means of an expression whose interpretation is relative to the context, not necessarily the content of the utterance, such as:

  • who is speaking
  • the time or place of speaking
  • the gestures of the speaker, or
  • the current location of the discourse.

From: LinguaLinks (

examples of deictic expressions
Examples of deictic expressions
  • I/you (person deixis)
  • here/there (place deixis)
  • Ud./tú (social deixis)
  • yesterday/today/tomorrow or now/then (time deixis)

From: LinguaLinks (

deictic gestures
Deictic Gestures:
  • proto-imperatives
  • proto-declaratives
proto imperatives usually emerge around 9 months
Proto-imperatives: (usually emerge around 9 months)

“gestures that function to engage the adults as a tool for obtaining a desired object.”

(Iverson & Thal,1998, p. 60)

proto declaratives appear after proto imperatives
Proto-declaratives: (appear after proto-imperatives)

“gestures that function to indicate an object with the goal of gaining the adult’s attention.”

(Iverson & Thal,1998, p. 60)

representational gestures
Representational Gestures:
  • object related gestures
  • culturally defined conventional gestures

“Representational gestures both establish reference and carry some fixed semantic content”

(Iverson & Thal, 1998, p. 61)

object related gestures
Object related gestures:
  • These are gestures that “represent some aspect of a referent” and can “be produced either with or without the referent in hand.”

(Iverson & Thal, 1998, p. 61)

culturally defined conventional gestures
Culturally defined conventional gestures:
  • social markers
  • conventional (not idiosyncratic)
  • Example: waving bye-bye
small group activity 1
Small Group Activity #1:

Discuss in small group:

  • Gesture may be one aspect of communication in which comprehension does not precede production. What might be some implications of this for students with severe disabilities, particularly in a classroom setting?
quick write

Quick Write

What have you learned about the development of gestures that seems important to you as an educator?

developing coordinated attention
Developing Coordinated Attention:

1.Attending to social partners: looking at people who draw their attention.

developing coordinated attention cont
Developing Coordinated Attention, cont.:

2.Supported joint engagement: looking at an object which caregiver then also attends to.

developing coordinated attention cont18
Developing Coordinated Attention, cont.:

3.Coordinated joint engagement: Switching attention between caregiver and object they are both attending to.

small group activity 2
Small Group Activity #2:

Using the Iverson & Thal reading, come up with a timeline for the development of early communication, including gestures and eye gaze.

important points about gestures
Important Points about Gestures:

Early gestures are not true symbols -- they are highly context bound (i.e. within a certain routine). However, they may develop into symbols as children learn to use them creatively and within a variety of different situations.

Typically developing children use both gestures and words when they are learning to communicate.

important points cont
Important Points, cont.:

When children are using word-gesture combinations, this may indicate that they are almost ready to start using two-word combinations.

The use of gestures (or alternative and augmentative communication systems) by caretakers does not delay oral language development -- it may help it! This supports the use of total communication with children with language delays.

looking ahead
Looking ahead…

Spring Break!!!!!

mid semester evaluation
Mid-Semester Evaluation:

How’s it going for you so far?