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Utility of arm and hand gestures in the treatment of aphasia: Some comments and expansions

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Nick Miller


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This commentary on Rose's review takes as departure point her remarks regarding possible functional interactive neurocognitive networks underpinning gesture. Advances in the understanding of motor control pertinent to the topic of gesture in aphasia are discussed, in particular the importance of mirror neurones in gesture perception-production and cross-modal linkages in input and output. It is argued that far from being simply an adjunct to communication, gesture (including articulatory, speech gestures) perception and production operates within a highly interactive system and forms an integral part of comprehending what is happening in the environment, and linking this to conceptual and motor representations and responses. Such networks offer fruitful insights into the role of gesture in facilitating word and speech movement retrieval in aphasia. © The Speech Pathology Association of Australia Limited.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Miller N

Publication type: Note

Publication status: Published

Journal: Advances in Speech Language Pathology

Year: 2006

Volume: 8

Issue: 2

Pages: 143-148

ISSN (print): 1441-7049

ISSN (electronic): 1754-9515


DOI: 10.1080/14417040600667319