In a recent article released in the American Speech Language and Hearing Associations journal it was found that children who use handheld screens (e.g. smartphones, tablets and electronic games) before they begin to talk may be at higher risk for speech delays. This research was presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting.
The study examined 894 children (ages 6 months to 2 years), between 2011 and 2015. By 18-months of age, it was shown that 20 percent of the children in the study had exposure to devices for up to 28 minutes/day as reported by their parents. The researchers found that the more handheld screen time a child’s parent reported, the more likely the child was to have expressive speech delays. Each 30-minute increase in handheld screen time translated into a 49 percent increased risk of expressive speech delay.
Learn more about the findings in the full ASHA article.