Read My Hands: Efficacy of Hand Gestures in Facilitating Reading and Narrative Skills for Children with Cognitive Disabilities (72335)

Session Information: Education & Difference: Gifted Education, Special Education, Learning Difficulties & Disability
Session Chair: Xiao Lei Wang

Friday, 22 September 2023 10:45
Session: Session 1
Room: Sant Sebastia
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

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Hand gestures have been shown to be a useful tool for teaching and learning, particularly for children with learning disabilities. This study investigates the effectiveness of hand gestures as a means for teaching a group of 7-year-old students with cognitive disabilities how to read and retell texts. The study employed a semester-long one-on-one tutorial, during which the students were taught to read and retell texts using hand gestures. The study found that certain hand gestures, such as dietetic, iconic, beat, and metaphoric gestures, were particularly effective in helping the students learn to sound out words and comprehend their meanings. Additionally, deictic, iconic, beat, and metaphoric gestures were also found to be useful in helping the students remember words in retelling texts. The results indicate that hand gestures can be used as a valuable tool for helping children with cognitive disabilities develop their reading and narrative skills. Overall, this study highlights the potential of hand gestures to aid in the learning process and improve academic performance for children with learning disabilities.

Xiao-Lei Wang, Adelphi University, United States

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Xiao-lei Wang is a University Professor/Principal Lecturer at Adelphi University in United States

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00