Speech Delays with Tablets: Getting Your Child to Say “I Love You!”

May 8th, 2017 by Dr. Elaine in Blog Comments Off on Speech Delays with Tablets: Getting Your Child to Say “I Love You!”
A new study by principal investigator Dr. Catherine Birken, a staff pediatrician and scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, reconfirmed what’s been long time championed by the American Academy of Pediatricians: No screen time in children younger than 18 months of age.
Why? This new research included nearly 900 children from Toronto, ages 6 months to 2 years, and discovered that each child spent an average of 28 minutes a day on smartphones, tablets, and/or with electronic games. The more likely he or she spent on the device, the more likely delays in “expressive speech would occur.” For each 30-minute increase in handheld screen time, there was a 49 percent increased risk of expressive speech delay.
So if you want your child to say “I Love You,” break away from the tablets and screen time…. increase the opportunity for good old fashioned looking into one another’s eyes and communicating, and with a little hug you can fully express yourselves! It’s a win-win for everyone!!!!

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