Caution: Receipts May Be Harmful to Children I am a speech-language pathologist and I work with young children, so I enjoy reading The ASHA Leader and learn a lot from your articles. But I was alarmed by the article “The Value of a Crumpled Receipt” (January 2017). The author suggests the use of common items, such as ... Inbox
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Caution: Receipts May Be Harmful to Children
The ASHA Leader, June 2017, Vol. 22, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN.22062017.4
The ASHA Leader, June 2017, Vol. 22, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN.22062017.4
I am a speech-language pathologist and I work with young children, so I enjoy reading The ASHA Leader and learn a lot from your articles. But I was alarmed by the article “The Value of a Crumpled Receipt” (January 2017). The author suggests the use of common items, such as crumpled receipts, as sensory input for young children. In the article, Andrea Boerigter writes, “Inexpensive, readily available objects can turn treatment into a flood of sensory experiences for the youngest of clients,” and closes by saying, “Show parents that sensory stimulation can be provided just about anywhere, even through crumpled receipts and globs of lip gloss.”
Thermal paper (used in making cash-register receipts) is often infused with a compound called Bisphenol-A (BPA). Some thermal paper products are even advertised as “BPA-free” but contain a similar compound, Bisphenol-S (BPS). These compounds have endocrine-disrupting effects and may be harmful to young children. BPA in receipts is more concerning than BPA in plastics because the BPA rubs off the paper onto our fingers when we handle them.
Paper cash-register receipts should not be freely given to young children to handle and put in their mouths. While it may be a practical idea for parents to give children items commonly used around the house, parents and clinicians must also consider the safety of those items and choose wisely for children. Please do not give sensory-seeking children crumpled receipts to handle and put in their mouths!
Peggy Auger, West Chester, Pennsylvania

Thank you for alerting Leader readers to the dangers of thermal-paper receipts.

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