Protoimperative gestures are nonverbal communication behaviors that are used to express needs or desires. They are often used by young children or by individuals who do not have fully developed language skills. Protoimperative gestures may include pointing, reaching, or vocalizing to indicate a desire for an object or action. For example, a child might point to a toy that they want to play with, or they might make a noise or gesture to indicate that they are hungry or need attention. Protoimperative gestures are often used in combination with words or other forms of communication as a child's language skills develop.
Protoimperative gestures can be an important means of communication for young children and can help them express their needs and desires when they are unable to do so through language. It is important for caregivers to pay attention to and respond to these gestures in order to help children learn and develop their communication skills.