Digital Download: Guidelines for screen time with little ones

If you're trying to navigate the digital world that we live in, with parenting, we get it!  Although books and toys are the preferred language tools of our team, we understand that families have needs (hello dinner prep) that might turn screen time into distraction time. When we think realistically with families we talk about limiting exposure to screens while still meeting day-to-day needs.

Our concerns as communication experts begin when media use (e.g. phones, iPads, televisions) replaces physical activity, hands-on exploration and face-to-face social interaction in the real world. These exposures are critical to learning. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics set guidelines that we follow here at Sound when working with families of young children. Take a look below to learn appropriate ages and exposures young children should have to screen time.

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Photo taken from Unity Point https://www.unitypoint.org/article.aspx?id=784485a1-a733-47a7-aa44-dd749af23f02

Among the AAP recommendations:

  • For children younger than 18 months, avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting. Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age who want to introduce digital media should choose high-quality programming, and watch it with their children to help them understand what they're seeing.
  • For children ages 2 to 5 years, limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs. Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them.
  • For children ages 6 and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media, and the types of media, and make sure media does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity and other behaviors essential to health. 
  • Designate media-free times together, such as dinner or driving, as well as media-free locations at home, such as bedrooms.
  • Have ongoing communication about online citizenship and safety, including treating others with respect online and offline.
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Jody Vaynshtok

Jody is a California-licensed speech language pathologist with eight years of industry and clinical experience. She has worked with both adult and pediatric populations during her time at private practice, birth-to-three, and hospital facilities. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. In addition, Jody has a passion for working with adults looking to achieve clearer communication. Jody received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was a part of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s cleft and craniofacial clinic participating in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of children born with craniofacial abnormalities. She holds a staff position at UCSF and is the lead speech language pathologist for the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Hearing Loss Clinic. When she's not busy having fun with her clients Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Anton, friends and family. And if she's not headed out somewhere fun for dinner, you might find her at Bar Method working out!

Come Celebrate! Melissa's Having A Baby!

Join us tomorrow, Thursday, March 7th - for a very special Sound baby shower for our team, patient, colleagues and friends! Come wish her well before she goes on leave to welcome her baby boy into the world. You'll also have a chance to meet our newest team member, Gretchen, who will be caring for our audiology patients during Melissa's leave.

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We look forward to seeing you tomorrow from 3-5 for sips and snacks!

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Jody Vaynshtok

Jody is a California-licensed speech language pathologist with eight years of industry and clinical experience. She has worked with both adult and pediatric populations during her time at private practice, birth-to-three, and hospital facilities. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. In addition, Jody has a passion for working with adults looking to achieve clearer communication. Jody received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was a part of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s cleft and craniofacial clinic participating in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of children born with craniofacial abnormalities. She holds a staff position at UCSF and is the lead speech language pathologist for the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Hearing Loss Clinic. When she's not busy having fun with her clients Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Anton, friends and family. And if she's not headed out somewhere fun for dinner, you might find her at Bar Method working out!

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