Vallotton Publications

Below is a list of published (or soon-to-be-published papers), followed by a list of conference presentations and posters and invited addresses. Some of these papers are available to download if you visit my Academia.Edu papers page.

Published Papers

Vallotton, C.D. & Ayoub, C.A. (in press). Use your words: The role of language in the development of toddlers’ self-regulation. Accepted for publication in Early Childhood Research Quarter, July 29, 2010. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2010.09.002, NIHMS[235616]

Vallotton, C.D. (in press). Support or competition? Dynamic development of the relationship between pointing and symbolic gestures from 6 to 18 months of age. Accepted for publication in a special issue of Gesture, July 13, 2010.

Ayoub, C.A., Vallotton, C.D., & Mastergeorge, A.M. (in press). Developmental pathways to integrated social skills:  The roles of parenting and early intervention in raising healthy children. Accepted for publication in Child Development, Special Issue on Raising Healthy Children, September 13, 2009.

Vallotton, C.D. (in press). Babies open our minds to their minds: How “listening” to infant signs complements and extends our knowledge of infants and their development. Accepted for publication in the Infant Mental Health Journal, January 12, 2009.

Vallotton, C.D. (in press). Sentences and conversations before speech? Gestures of preverbal children reveal cognitive and social skills that do not wait for words. Accepted for publication in Integrating Gesture.

Fusaro, M. & Vallotton, C.D. (in press). Giving a nod to social cognition: Developmental constraints on the emergence of conventional gestures and infant signs. Accepted for publication in Integrating Gesture.

Vallotton, C.D. & Ayoub, C.A. (2009). Symbols build communication and thought: The role of gestures and words in the development of engagement skills and social-emotional concepts during toddlerhood. Social Development, 19, 601-626.   NIHMSID: NIHMS132788; doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9507.2009.00549.x

Ayoub, C.A., O’Conner, E., Rappolt-Schlictmann, G., Vallotton, C., Raikes, H., & Chazan-Cohen, R. (2009). Cognitive skill performance among young children living in poverty: Risk, change, and the promotive effects of Early Head Start. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 24, 289-305. doi:10.1016/j.ecresq.2009.04.001

Vallotton, C.D. (2009). Do infants influence their quality of care? Infants’ communicative gestures predict caregivers’ responsiveness. Infant Behavior and Development, 32, 351-365.  doi: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2009.06.001

Vallotton, C.D. (2008). Signs of emotion: What can preverbal children “say” about internal states? Infant Mental Health Journal, 29, 234-258. doi: 10.1002/imhj.20175

Vallotton, C.D. (2008). Infants take self-regulation into their own hands. Zero To Three, 29, 29-34.

Vallotton, C.D. & Harper, L.V. (2006). Why don’t they just let it go? Journal of Infant Behavior and Development, 29, 373-385. doi:10.1016/j.infbeh.2006.01.003

Vallotton, C.D. (2005). Effects of symbolic gestures as a caregiving tool: Children’s social and language development and mothers’ perceptions and behavior. Dissertation Abstract International, Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, Vol 65(9-B), 2005. pp. 4877.

Groves, B.M., Bassuk, E., Lurie-Hurvitz, E., Vallotton, C.D. (1998). Home is a base for living. Zero to Three, 19, 1–5.

Vallotton, C.D. (1998). Homes for families with infants and toddlers: Promising approaches. Zero to Three, 19, 40–45.

Representative Presentations, Posters, and Workshops

Vallotton, C.D., Decker, K.B., Karsten, A., Topor, J., & Scott, M. (July, 2011). Preverbal Pragmatists: The Developmental Trajectory of Preverbal Children’s Symbolic Gestures in Enriched Gesturing Environments. In E. Nicoladis (Chair) Development of Children’s Symbolic Gestures. XII International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Topor, J.A., *Grimm, F., Vallotton, C., Ayoub, C., & Decker, K.B. (April 2, 2011). The content of speech of maltreated and non-maltreated children during peer interaction. Michigan Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, East Lansing, Michigan.

Decker, K., Zientek, A., Bentley, S., & Vallotton, C.D. (April 2, 2011). Understanding Parental Communication Decisions for Children Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Bienniel Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Mastergeorge, A., Ayoub, C., Masyn, K., Vallotton, C.D., Decker, K.B., Thompson, D., Su, C., Saneski, E., Zientek, A., & Scott, M. (April 2, 2011). Comparison of Quantitative Methods for Measuring Effects of Parental Sensitivity and Cognitive Stimulation on Toddlers’ Vocabulary. Bienniel Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Harewood, T., Brophy-Herb, H., & Vallotton, C. D. (April 1, 2011). The Effects of Fathers’ Parenting Stress on Children’s Developmental Outcomes at 36 Months in a Low Income Sample. Bienniel Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Zientek, A., Topor, J.A., Decker, K.B., Bentley, S., Gutowski, E., & Vallotton, C.D. (April 1, 2011). Trajectories of Symbolic Gesture Acquisition and Use in Infants and Toddlers. Bienniel Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Vallotton, C.D., Fusaro, M., Hayden, J., Decker, K., & Gutowski, E. (March 31, 2011). Parents’ Gestures Make Strategies More Handy for Children’s Puzzle Solving. In C. Vallotton (Chair). How Adults’ Gestures Lend a Helping Hand (and Head) in Young Children’s Learning in Different Domains. Bienniel Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Fusaro, M. & Vallotton, C.D. (March 31, 2011). Getting “a Head” in Pragmatic Development: Nodding and Shaking Gestures May Facilitate Infants’ Communicative Competence. In C. Vallotton (Chair). How Adults’ Gestures Lend a Helping Hand (and Head) in Young Children’s Learning in Different Domains. Bienniel Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Ayoub, C., Beardslee, W., & Vallotton, C. (July 3, 2010). Promoting teacher-child relationships through preventive mental health consultation: The family connections model. In Promoting Infant and Early Childhood Development in the Contexts of Child and Parental Risk Factors. 12th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Leipzig, Germany, June 29 – July 3, 2010.

Ayoub, C., Vallotton, C., & Chazan-Cohen, R. & VonEnde, A. (July 3, 2010). Longitudinal examination of maternal depression in low income women from pregnancy through the first ten years of parenthood. In L. Boyce (Chair) Transitions in Primary Relationships: Children’s early language and regulatory development over time in the contexts of Maternal Depression and Parenting. 12th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Leipzig, Germany, June 29 – July 3, 2010.

Bocknek, E.L., Brophy-Herb, H., & Vallotton, C. (July 3, 2010). Associations between maternal detachment and early regulatory development over toddlerhood. In L. Boyce (Chair) Transitions in Primary Relationships: Children’s early language and regulatory development over time in the contexts of Maternal Depression and Parenting. 12th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Leipzig, Germany, June 29 – July 3, 2010.

Vallotton, C.D., Ayoub, C., Masyn, K., & Mastergeorge, A.M.  (July 2, 2010). Parents’ strategies to support toddlers’ language development: A comparison of measurement tools for quantifying parent-child interaction qualities. 12th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Leipzig, Germany, June 29 – July 3, 2010.

Vallotton, C.D., Mastergeorge, A.M, & Ayoub, C. (July 2, 2010). Effects of maternal sensitivity and intentional teaching on entwined developmental domains: Differences in mechanisms in an early intervention context. 12th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Leipzig, Germany, June 29 – July 3, 2010.

Mastergeorge, A.M., Ayoub, C. & Vallotton, C.D. (July 2, 2010). Differential Effects of General and Parenting-Related Stress on Parent-Child Interaction in Early Head Start and a Comparison Group. 12th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Leipzig, Germany, June 29 – July 3, 2010.

Grimm, F., Vallotton, C.D., & Ayoub, C. (July 1, 2010). Delay or difference? Maltreated children’s use of grammatical negations. 12th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Leipzig, Germany, June 29 – July 3, 2010.

Vallotton, C.D., Grimm, F., & Ayoub, C. (July 1, 2010). Delay or difference? The effects of maltreatment mirrored in the content and purpose of children’s speech and gesture. 12th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Leipzig, Germany, June 29 – July 3, 2010.

Farkas, C., & Vallotton, C.D. (June 30, 2010). Infant signing as intervention: Applications in different contexts and cultures. 12th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Leipzig, Germany, June 29 – July 3, 2010.

Ayoub, C., Avery, M., Beerdslee, W., & Vallotton, C. (June, 2010). Family Connections: Evaluation of a systems-based preventive intervention for mental health consultation. In R. Chazan-Cohen and C. Ayoub (Chairs), Family Supports for Language, Literacy, and Narratives. 10th National Head Start Research Conference, June 21-23, 2010.

Vallotton, C.D., & Nadeau, L. (March, 2010). From the scientist and the teacher: What infants tell us about their own development through their use of symbolic gestures. XVIIth Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, Baltimore, MD, March 10-14, 2010.

Vallotton, C.D., Decker, K., & Fusaro, M. (March, 2010). A bridge to somewhere: Symbolic gestures as concrete representations that build towards abstract ones. XVIIth Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, Baltimore, MD, March 10-14, 2010.

Vallotton, C.D., Mastergeorge, A.M., & Ayoub, C.A. (October, 2009). Intersecting domains of development in and out of the Early Head Start context. Presented at the Consortium of the National Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Team, Silver Springs, MD.

Vallotton, C.D. (October 21, 2009). Using infant signs with infants and toddlers: Promoting healthy communication, relationships ,and development (tribute to John Reid). 37th Annual Tuuri Day Conference, Mott Children’s Health Center, Flint, MI.

Vallotton, C.D. (October 12, 2009). In the mind of the beholder, and of the gesturer: Effects of infants’ symbolic gestures on their own and others’ minds. Developmental Brown Bag Seminar Series, University of Chicago.

Vallotton, C.D. (July, 2009). Is Three Modes Too Many? The Effects of an Infant Sign Intervention on the Communicative Behaviors of Children in Monolingual and Bilingual Families. In K. Pine (Chair), Evaluating the impact of Baby Sign on the linguistic, social and cognitive development of infants in the UK, USA and Germany. MultiMod 2009: Multimodality of communication in children: gestures, emotions, language, and cognition. Toulouse, France, July 9-11, 2009.

Grimm, F., Vallotton, C.D., & Ayoub, C. (July, 2009). Experience mirrored in language and gesture: Maltreated children’s use of grammatical negations and head shakes. MultiMod 2009: Multimodality of communication in children: gestures, emotions, language, and cognition. Toulouse, France, July 9-11, 2009.

Cristofaro, T.N., Guerra, A.G., Tamis-Lemonda, C.S., Pan, B., Ayoub, C.A., Vallotton, C.D., Raikes, H.H., & Howes, C. (April, 2009). An Examination of Mother-Child Personal Narratives in Families From the National Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, Colorado, 2009.

Vallotton, C.D. (April, 2009). Support or competition? Dynamic development of the relationship between pointing and infant signing from 6 to 18 months of age. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, Colorado, 2009.

Vallotton, C.D. (August, 2008). Opening our Minds to the Baby’s Mind. In H. Fitzgerland (Chair) WAIMH President’s Symposium, to be conducted at the 11th Congress of the World Association of Infant Mental Health, Yokohama, Japan.

Vallotton, C.D. & Fusaro, M. (August, 2008). Effects of maternal stress and depression on mother-toddler play. Presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Ayoub, C.A., & Vallotton, C.D. (August, 2008). The multiple impacts of parenting distress on children’s self-regulation and language development. The 11th Congress of the World Association of Infant Mental Health, Yokohama, Japan.

Farkas, C. & Vallotton, C.D. (August, 2008). The Baby Signs Program: Applications in child care settings across cultures. The 11th Congress of the World Association of Infant Mental Health, Yokohama, Japan.

Virmani, E.A., Vallotton, C.D., & Bohne, E.B. (August, 2008). Promising Practices to Promote Responsive Caregiving: Three Studies on the Effects of Reflective Caregiver Training Tools. The 11th Congress of the World Association of Infant Mental Health, Yokohama, Japan.

Vallotton, C.D. (August, 2008). Overcoming the Terrible Two’s: Babies change their caregivers’ minds and behaviors by using symbolic gestures to communicate. In C. Vallotton (Chair), Babies signing around the world: Four studies of the effects of infant sign language as a parent-child intervention. The 11th Congress of the World Association of Infant Mental Health, Yokohama, Japan.

Vallotton, C.D. & Ayoub, C.A. (June, 2008). Children’s language development as a mediator between parenting stress and children’s self-regulation. Head Start’s Ninth National Research Conference, Washington, D.C.

Vallotton, C.D. (March, 2008). Child Effects on Caregiver Responsiveness: Infants’ Use of Gestures to Respond TO Caregivers Elicits Responsiveness FROM Caregivers. The 16th International Conference on Infant Studies, Vancouver, Canada.

Fusaro, M. & Vallotton, C.D. (March, 2008). Is it all about imitation? The development of culturally conventional gestures and modeled infant signs in 10 infants. The 16th International Conference on Infant Studies, Vancouver, Canada.

Vallotton, C.D. (June, 2007). Sentences and conversations before speech? Use of communicative and symbolic gestures by preverbal children. Integrating Gesture, the Third International Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies, Evanston, IL.

Vallotton, C.D. (April, 2007). Symbol skills as tools to build social skills in early childhood. Paper presented at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

Vallotton, C.D. & Ayoub, C.C. (March, 2007). Gesture as communication and thought? Predicting development of engagement skills and social-emotional concepts in young children. In C. Vallotton (Chair) The role of gesture in early social interactions and development. The Biennial Conference of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.

Vallotton, C.D. & Ayoub, C.C. (March, 2007). Symbols as coping tools: Both words and gestures support toddlers’ development of self-regulation. The Biennial Conference of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, MA.

Fusaro, M. & Vallotton, C.D. (August, 2006). Modeling the developmental dynamics of infant and caregiver pointing. The Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

Vallotton, C.D. (August, 2006). Behavior problems and language: Internalizers develop faster, externalizers talk more. The Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

Vallotton, C.D. (July, 2006). Signs of emotion: What can preverbal children “say” about internal states? The 10th Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Paris, France.

Vallotton, C.D. (July, 2006). Listening To Preverbal Children: Symbolic gestures as an intervention to enhance the caregiver-child relationship. The 10th Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Paris, France.

Vallotton, C.D. (December, 2006). Learning about Minds: Concurrent Learning Processes for Children, Teachers, Parents, & Scientists. Presented for Take 5: Five Takes on Mind, Brain, & Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

Vallotton, C.D. (November, 2005). Can we change maternal representations and responsiveness to children?: With the Baby Signs Program, children show us how. The Annual Zero To Three National Training Institute, Washington, D.C.

Vallotton, C.D., & Grinbaum, L. (January, 2004). Infants tell us about their internal worlds: Early emotional understanding revealed through symbolic gesture. The 9thCongress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Melbourne, Australia.

Vallotton, C.D., & Harper, L.V. (October, 2003). Why don’t they just let it go? Insights into infant Cognition and intentional behavior. The Annual Conference of the Cognitive Development Society, Park City, UT.

Vallotton, C.D., Grinbaum, L., & Acredolo, L.P. (December, 2003). Useful Tools for Helping Infants & Toddlers Cope with Distress. Research-to-practice workshop presented at The Annual Zero To Three National Training Institute, New Orleans, LA.

Vallotton, C.D., Weinbaum, Z., & Modolewski-Link, C. (September, 2001). The Breadth of Impact of Domestic Violence on California’s Children: Characteristics of  Children In Battered Women’s Shelters. The International Family Violence Conference, San Diego, CA.

Vallotton, C.D., Weinbaum, Z., & Modolewski-Link, C. (May, 2001). What Do we Know about California’s Children in Domestic Violence Shelters? The California Maternal and Child Health Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Vallotton, C.D. (May, 2001). Symbolic gesturing as a caregiving tool. Paper presented at the Department of Human and Community Development, University of California, Davis.