Hand Gestures: Perspectives and Preliminary Implications for Adults With Acquired Dysarthria Most communicators engage in some degree of hand gesturing while speaking. The purposes of the present paper are to review in detail the nature of hand gestures (gesticulations) in normal communicative interactions and to examine their potential role as a compensatory communicative strategy in dysarthria rehabilitation. In addition, contraindications and ... Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   May 01, 2000
Hand Gestures: Perspectives and Preliminary Implications for Adults With Acquired Dysarthria
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jane Mertz Garcia
    Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Michael P. Cannito
    The University of Memphis, TN
  • Paul A. Dagenais
    University of South Alabama, Mobile
  • Contact author: Jane Mertz Garcia, PhD, Kansas State University, Communication Sciences and Disorders, School of Family Studies and Human Services, 303 Justin Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506–1403. E-mail: jgarcia@humec.ksu.edu
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Dysarthria / Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   May 01, 2000
Hand Gestures: Perspectives and Preliminary Implications for Adults With Acquired Dysarthria
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2000, Vol. 9, 107-115. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0902.107
History: Received October 7, 1999 , Accepted March 30, 2000
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2000, Vol. 9, 107-115. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0902.107
History: Received October 7, 1999; Accepted March 30, 2000

Most communicators engage in some degree of hand gesturing while speaking. The purposes of the present paper are to review in detail the nature of hand gestures (gesticulations) in normal communicative interactions and to examine their potential role as a compensatory communicative strategy in dysarthria rehabilitation. In addition, contraindications and other considerations that may limit the use of gesticulations will be identified. Directions for future research on the use of gesticulations for adults with acquired dysarthria are discussed.

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