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    From action to spoken and signed language through gesture.Virginia Volterra, Olga Capirci, Pasquale Rinaldi & Laura Sparaci - 2018 - Interaction Studies 19 (1-2):216-238.
    We review major developmental evidence on the continuity from action to gesture to word and sign in human children, highlighting the important role of caregivers in the development of multimodal communication. In particular, the basic issues considered here and contributing to the current debate on the origins and development of the language-ready brain are: (1) links between early actions, gestures and words and similarities in representational strategies; (2) importance of multimodal communication and the interplay between gestures and spoken words; (3) (...)
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    A Kaleidoscope of play: a new approach to play analysis in childhood.Laura Sparaci & Shaun Gallagher - forthcoming - Philosophical Psychology.
    Play is a frequent and relevant activity during childhood, and developmental psychologists agree that it offers a unique window on development. Play, however, remains a fuzzy concept, and difficulties persist in its definition, often leading to obstacles in building and comparing experimental studies. This may be due to widespread tendencies to define play by referring to non-observable inner states, to consider playing something that occurs in the head rather than in-the-world and to overreliance on developmental stages. Enactive approaches to child (...)
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    Embodying gestures: The social orienting model and the study of early gestures in autism. [REVIEW]Laura Sparaci - 2008 - Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 7 (2):203-223.
    Autistic spectrum disorders impair the ability to interact socially. Detecting and understanding their onset is not only an empirical enterprise, but also a theoretical one, often linked to studies on intersubjectivity. Different theoretical perspectives have been elaborated in the past to account for the deficit. The main purpose of this paper is to reinforce and offer empirical grounding to a recent approach, termed Social Orienting Model, by presenting the main theoretical approaches to autism and contrasting them to this view, as (...)
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