ILP check in. After a few weeks off of blogging about my independent learning project, researching about Speech-Language Pathology, it is good to get back to my research. I will say I have had troubles deciding what to focus on this week. I saw a video on Twitter, that talked about technology and the negative impact it has on children’s speech. Check it out:
What did you think? “A communication time bomb in the form of diminished speech and language skills and hearing loss”(ASHA). Wait, so this technology craze isn’t always as beneficial as everyone wants to believe? I am not badmouthing technology, because let’s face it, I use technology all of the time, I think it is very convenient to have our questions answered with the click of a button. I also agree that technology can be a very beneficial teaching tool if used right, but what I often see is that young children, such as toddlers, are handed a phone or tablet to keep them occupied while the parent or guardian tends to their business. Now, I do not have children, so I cannot speak of this action being a good or bad parenting skill, nor do I care to go into that topic. I am just stating my observation. But, the reality is that we are very dependent on technology and I feel that we may forget that children NEED to run and play, it is crucial for their learning. Children also need personal interaction and communication, so they can learn social and cognitive skills.
Just a few reminders for when a child is engrossed with technology (iPads, phones, tablets, computers, TVs. etc.): the child is not playing with his open ended toys, they are not having back-and-forth conversation with family members, they are not having books read to them by a loved one, they are not spending time outside getting fresh air, and they are not playing with other children, which means they are not learning how to share. Finally, when children are spending more time with technology and less time playing and interacting with others, they are not building their motor and visual and skills.
Like I stated earlier, I honestly think that technology can be a really great and resourceful teaching tool, but I feel that it needs to be used with a purpose. So, is the technology impacting speech because it is taking over the physical learning and playing, and lacking the social relationship between parents and siblings? Is it a parenting decision that needs to be reconsidered? I feel that this is an issue that needs to be addressed by the nation, we can’t have our children lacking in their communication and lose their ability to speak. I am curious on your thoughts.
***This post is not referring to any augmentative technology or technology used for speech therapy. ***
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