TV and Young Children When advising parents of children with speech/language delays in our early intervention program, I often cite the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines recommending no television for children under the age of 2. For older toddlers I urge parents to limit direct and indirect exposure to television to no more than ... Inbox
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TV and Young Children
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  • Lara Dunn, Hood River, Oregon, *Editor’s note: ASHA has no position statement that directly addresses TV viewing in young children. However, ASHA’s new early intervention policy documents stress the importance of family interaction in fostering communication skills in infants and toddlers.
    Lara Dunn, Hood River, Oregon, *Editor’s note: ASHA has no position statement that directly addresses TV viewing in young children. However, ASHA’s new early intervention policy documents stress the importance of family interaction in fostering communication skills in infants and toddlers.×
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Development / Special Populations / Early Identification & Intervention / ASHA News & Member Stories / Language Disorders / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Inbox
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TV and Young Children
The ASHA Leader, November 2008, Vol. 13, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN4.13152008.4
The ASHA Leader, November 2008, Vol. 13, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN4.13152008.4
When advising parents of children with speech/language delays in our early intervention program, I often cite the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines recommending no television for children under the age of 2. For older toddlers I urge parents to limit direct and indirect exposure to television to no more than two hours weekly, because of TV’s negative impact on language development, concentration, and attention.
Does ASHA have a position statement on this topic? I believe our voice can be helpful in educating the public about this important way to improve the learning environment for babies and toddlers.
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