The Imitation of Gestures

The Imitation of Gestures

A Technique for Studying the Body Schema and Praxis of Children Three to Six Years of Age

1st Edition - January 1, 1965

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  • Authors: Jean Bergès, Irène Lézine
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483221526

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The Imitation of Gestures describes the sets of tests of the imitation of gestures in children performed by the examiner. These tests provide valuable information about the development of motor skills, particularly the right-left orientation in children from 4 to 8 years of age. This book is composed of two main sections encompassing 9 chapters. Part I presents the methods for studying the imitation of simple and complex gestures of the hands and arms. This part also covers the application of these methods to children who would be likely to have disturbances in motor and verbal development. The second part describes the supplementary tests to the Imitation of gestures test used for the study of body image. This part also deals with the intercorrelations between the results obtained on the different tests, namely, the Imitation of gestures, Drawn-a-man test, Grace Arthur mannequin puzzle, and the verbal test of naming and pointing to the body parts. Pediatricians, neurologists, and clinical psychologists will find this book rewarding.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword



    I. The Imitation of Gestures Test, Standardized on Children of 3-6 Years

    Chapter 1 The Test Procedure

    Chapter 2 Order of Presentation of the Items

    Chapter 3 Tabulation of the Results Obtained with 489 Normal Subjects

    Chapter 4 Qualitative Analysis of the Responses

    Chapter 5 Studies in Unusual Children

    II. Relationships between the Imitation of Gestures and Other Tests for the Study of Body Image

    Chapter 6 Study of Right-Left Orientation on Oneself and Others

    Chapter 7 Knowledge of the Parts of the Body Named and Pointed to on Verbal Command

    Chapter 8 Representation of the Body

    The Draw-a-Man Test

    The Grace Arthur Mannequin Puzzle

    Chapter 9 Intercorrelations between the Various Tests


    1. The Scoring Sheets

    2. Details of Scoring

    3. Supplementary Test of Complex Gestures

    4. Table of Symbols for the Test Items (Folding Sheets)


Product details

  • No. of pages: 128
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1965
  • Published: January 1, 1965
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483221526

About the Authors

Jean Bergès

Neuropsychiatre, psychanalyste AFI, ancien chef de clinique à la faculté de Paris. Auteur décédé.

Irène Lézine

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