Rhythmic gestures help develop children’s oral skills

Telling stories with rhythmic gestures has a positive impact on the children's narrative abilities. Researchers at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain have found that brief training sessions which involved children telling stories with rhythmic gestures led to an immediate improvement in 5- and 6-year-olds' narrative abilities. Gesture is an integral part of human communication, and particularly important for children for whom it is a predictor and precursor of linguistic and cognitive development. Previous research had shown that gestural communication helps children to retain information in speech, and also helps them to better understand it. This latest ...

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