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Appropriate Screen Time Use to Prevent Speech and Language Delay in Toddlers during the Covid-19 Pandemic: a Brief Report

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Vrinda R,

National Institute of Speech and Hearing, IN
About Vrinda
Vrinda R is a Lecturer in Speech langugae Pathology. She teaches an undergratuade course in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology. She runs a clinic that primarily serves children with delayed language skills. Her research interests are: Tele-rehablittaion and Literacy programmes.
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Krishna AR,

National Institute of Speech and Hearing, IN
About Krishna
Krishna AR is a Lecturer in Speech Langugae Pathology. She is invoved in teaching undergraduate program in Audiology and Speech Langugae Pathology and runs a clinic on Gobal developmental delays. She is involved in both experimental and case control studies.
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Suja Kurian Kunnath

National Institute of Speech and Hearing, IN
About Suja
Dr. Suja. K. Kunnath is a Professor in Speech Langugae Pathology with 21 years of experience. Her areas of work include developing intervention modules for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Speciifc Learing Disabilities.
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Abstract

With the COVID-19 lockdown and other limitations, screen time has increased for everyone, even young children. Children's screen use has a deleterious influence on a variety of cognitive functions, including language delay. Various Paediatrics organizations have noticed these harmful impacts, and suggestions for parents were released to limit screen usage. These agencies have provided suggestions on the duration of screen usage for specific age groups. This study tries to address screen time from a qualitative standpoint. Suggestions for successful ways to participate in screen time are presented. Interactive screen time, including co-viewing and enough language engagement, may assist to mitigate the negative effects of screen time on language development. The screen has its own restrictions and several severe repercussions if they are exceeded. As a result, wherever feasible, screen time should be avoided, and language-rich quality time with children should be prioritized.

How to Cite: R, V., AR, K. and Kurian Kunnath, S., 2022. Appropriate Screen Time Use to Prevent Speech and Language Delay in Toddlers during the Covid-19 Pandemic: a Brief Report. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 32(4), pp.155–164. DOI: http://doi.org/10.47985/dcidj.519
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Published on 01 Feb 2022.
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