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A speech therapist Thesis: the role of manual gestures in novel word learning in children with Down Syndrome

Date of post : 01/08/2015 11:46:52

Two speech therapy students, Bénédicte Géroudet and Bénédicte Ronssin from the Claude Bernard University in Lyon (ISTR Department) conducted their thesis work in collaboration with Marion Dohen, Amélie Rochet-Capellan and the ARIST association on: Le role de la gestualite dans l’acquisition de nouveaux mots chez les enfants porteurs d’une trisomie 21 (The role of gestures in novel word acquisition by children with Down Syndrome). They defended their thesis in Lyon on June 25th 2015.

The aim of the study was to examine whether and how the association of a manual gesture to speech can help children with Down Syndrome (DS) learn new words. The work was conducted within the ComEns project.
Six children with DS were recorded during five sessions during which they learned new words corresponding to imaginary characters.
The methods and results of this work will soon be published…
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