Language abilities and gestural communication in a girl with bilateral perisylvian syndrome: A clinical and rehabilitative follow-up

Bruna Molteni, Daniela Sarti, Gloria Airaghi, Chiara Falcone, Giulia Mantegazza, Giovanni Baranello, Federica Riva, Veronica Saletti, Nicoletta Paruta, Daria Riva

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Abstract

We present the neuropsychological and linguistic follow-up of a girl with bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria during 4 years of gestural and verbal speech therapy. Some researchers have suggested that children with bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria mentally fail to reach the syntactic phase and do not acquire a productive morphology. This patient achieved a mean length of utterance in signs/gestures of 3.4, a syntactic phase of completion of the nuclear sentence and the use of morphological modifications. We discuss the link between gesture and language and formulate hypotheses on the role of gestural input on the reorganization of compensatory synaptic circuits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-481
Number of pages11
JournalNeurological Sciences
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010

Keywords

  • Bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria
  • Gestural communication
  • Neuropsychological follow-up

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Dermatology
  • Medicine(all)

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