It’s time to turn off the TV and pick up books, pens, puzzles and learn.
Peggy Kundo, speech pathologist at Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart Health System’s HealthPlex, said speech and language development occurs in predictable sequences and when those sequences don’t happen at the right time, it can affect development and learning for years to come.
“That is one thing we see a lot more of, kids with decreased attention spans, because children are used to the flashy stimuli from the screen,” Kundo said. “It’s hard to compete with that. It’s addicting. Number one, turn off the TV, and number two, a quiet environment. Interact with the child and find out what they’re doing.”