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Using gestures to teach vocab? ICONIC!

Iconic gestures to help students with DLD learn and use curricular vocabulary.

May 7, 2023

SLPs LOVE gestures—they’re super important for early communication, word learning, social language, and even narrative development! We know that using iconic gestures to represent key words when reading can help kids participate in shared book reading, but like any good icon, the hits keep coming!


Quick background: Iconic gestures reference a feature of an object or an action. Some countries like Ireland, the UK, and Australia have established key word signing systems that use iconic gestures. The US doesn’t have a system like this, but many ASL signs are iconic—e.g., the sign for “drink” mimics drinking from a cup.

Bragard, A., & Schelstraete M.A. (2023). Using gestures to help children with developmental language disorder in word learning. Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Frey, N., & Lüke, C. (2023). Iconic gestures support novel word learning in multilingual students with SLCN in classrooms. Child Language Teaching and Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1177/02656590231166919 [open access]

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