The impact of baby sign on the development of pragmatic skills in typically developing children

Lyna Marie Sullivan, University of Texas at El Paso

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of Baby Sign on the pragmatic development of typically developing children. The participants for the study were 11 typically developing children. A one group pretest posttest case study design was used to evaluate the impact of baby sign. Prior to parents and caregivers attending a 5 week course on baby sign language, each child was administered the Developmental Assessment of Young Children (DAYC). Although, measurements were taken of the child's social, cognitive, physical, adaptive, and communication skills, standard scores of only the social subtests from the pretest to the posttest were used to compare pragmatic development in the current study. Results of the case study indicated that Baby Sign did produce a statistically significant difference in the pragmatic development of the participants. Qualitative data suggests that Baby Sign did have a positive effect on the children's desire to initiate communication. ^

Subject Area

Health Sciences, Speech Pathology|Language, General

Recommended Citation

Sullivan, Lyna Marie, "The impact of baby sign on the development of pragmatic skills in typically developing children" (2013). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1546352.
http://digitalcommons.utep.edu/dissertations/AAI1546352

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