I am psycholinguist, primarily interested in the development of language in both typical and atypical children. My PhD considered the co-development of speech and gesture in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
My current research interests include the role gesture has in facilitating comprehension in young children; gestural and language processing, particularly in the context of a second language, and the role of gesture as a compensatory strategy in atypical populations such as children with Specific Language Impairment and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Senior Lecturer in Linguistics
Sowden, H., Clegg, J. and Perkins, M.R. (2013) The development of co-speech gesture in the communication of children with autism spectrum disorders. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 27(12), pp. 922-939. ISSN (print) 0269-9206
Howard, S., Perkins, M. R and Sowden, H. (2012) Idiosyncratic gesture use in atypical language development, and its interaction with speech rhythm, word juncture, syntax, pragmatics and discourse: a case study. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 26(10), pp. 882-907. ISSN (print) 0269-9206
Sowden, H., Perkins, M. and Clegg, J. (2011) Context and communication strategies in naturalistic behavioural intervention: a framework for understanding how practitioners facilitate communication in children with ASD. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 27(1), pp. 21-38. ISSN (print) 0265-6590
Sowden, H., Perkins, M.R. and Clegg, J. (2011) The changing role of gesture form and function in a picture book interaction between a child with autism and his support teacher. In: Stam, G. and Ishino, M., (eds.) Integrating gestures: the interdisciplinary nature of gesture. Amsterdam, Netherlands : John Benjamins Publishing Company. pp. 201-216. (Gesture studies, no. 4) ISBN 9789027228451