Neurological Sciences

, Volume 31, Issue 4, pp 471–481

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
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10072-010-0309-2

Cite this article as:
Molteni, B., Sarti, D., Airaghi, G. et al. Neurol Sci (2010) 31: 471. doi:10.1007/s10072-010-0309-2
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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.

Keywords

Bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria Gestural communication Neuropsychological follow-up 

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© Springer-Verlag 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruna Molteni
    • 1
  • Daniela Sarti
    • 1
  • Gloria Airaghi
    • 1
  • Chiara Falcone
    • 2
  • Giulia Mantegazza
    • 1
  • Giovanni Baranello
    • 1
  • Federica Riva
    • 1
  • Veronica Saletti
    • 1
  • Nicoletta Paruta
    • 1
  • Daria Riva
    • 1
  1. 1.Developmental Neurology DivisionFondazione I.R.C.C.S. Istituto Neurologico “Carlo Besta”MilanItaly
  2. 2.Neuroepidemiology UnitFondazione I.R.C.C.S. Istituto Neurologico “Carlo Besta”MilanItaly

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