A Delay in Infant Speech, Study Relates Issue to Screen Time

Close up of a baby's mouth trying to speakAlthough each child develops differently, when your child’s speech is delayed, you can evaluate the things you do that may have factored into the delay. With the widespread use of computer technology today, one detail may have likely caused the delay in your child’s speech.

Technology: Good or Bad?

Computer technology has graced parents with mobile devices that have been used to preoccupy their children. It also gave parents educational tools and entertainment applications to further the development of their children. All the computer time you have given, however, whether supervised or unsupervised, may have led to the delay in your child’s speech.

Bad According to a Study

A recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics associated speech delay with screen time. Due to your child’s focus on mobile devices, your child’s social skill development becomes hampered. The study also found screen time to hinder the improvement of attention, memory, problem solving, and decision making in your child.

Good When with Rules

Now, in spite of the study, screen time can still be good for your child as long as you set rules and adhere to them strictly. You also have to set rules for yourself such as playing video games along with your child and interacting with them as you both play. In that way, your child still receives the interaction he or she needs to develop speech and other essential skills.

Talk and Interact

You know you are on the right track of teaching your child when he or she starts babbling, pointing, imitating actions and words, and smiling. When you observe such signs, you can continue talking with him or her to continue development. You can use speech therapy toys for toddlers that may help.

Many parents today have resorted to computer technology and expect their children to grow up fine. Such an attitude may be detrimental for the next generation. You can take a proactive role in your infant child’s life and ensure his or her development as a person.

About the Author

As a New York-based psychologist. Thelma Scott has conducted several seminars tackling adult autism.