While not addressing the big question swirling around in many moms’ minds, “How much time should my child spend with a mobile device?” a recent article on this topic does zero in on a very important aspect of child development. And while not addressing toddlers with special needs, it certainly had me thinking of the implications for our families and children with Down syndrome. And even the pre-school environments in which they may spend a good deal of their days.
As I read this article (and several related ones), I felt it important to share its information as it relates of our loved ones. We know that for the majority of our young ones, speech, especially expressive speech, is delayed. And for many, that challenge continues into adulthood. So why would we want to exacerbate the situation by following a practice that could further delay our children’s progress? By being informed, we can further study topics and come to conclusions that work for us and our families, including extended family and care giver environments.
I’d like to highlight a few points from that article by Nsikan Akpan, digital science producer for PBS NewsHour, then give you the link to the article.
Parents want the best for their children. And my experience shows me that parents whose children have Down syndrome work especially hard at doing this. So the more we are sensitive to the ways we can use mobile devices to HELP our children with communication, the more ways we will find to do so.
So who is the mobile device guide in my family? At 36, my son, Casey, definitely takes the lead. Astute at using his device for bus schedules, Facebook, movie schedules, Instagram, Itunes, karaoke, et al. He tries to help his father and me keep pace with shortcuts, useful apps, and tricks like how to block solicitors on the cell phones.