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5/5/22blog post

3 tips quick tips to help your child's brain development

 

Helping your little one's brain and language development is easier than you may think with these easy tips!

  1. Do lots of talking. The more words your child hears, the better!
  2. Be a tuned-in communication partner. When your child cries, coos, smiles, and laughs, they are trying to tell you something. Talk back!
  3. Give your full attention. This means dedicated screen-free time. So much learning happens when you notice your child’s interests and respond (“Oh, you see that ball? It’s bouncing.”)  

Did you know the use of screens—both by you and by your child—can interrupt your child’s healthy development? Here’s why screen-free time is important:

  • Studies have shown that parents speak fewer words when they are using a smartphone. Find time to put screens away so you can talk about your activities.
  • Looking down at your device makes it harder to notice your child’s smiles and sounds, leading to missed opportunities to connect and communicate. Your child wants to see your face!
  • Use of screens by children can delay their speech and language development. They may not be talking yet, but they are learning words by interacting with you.
  • When babies and toddlers use screens, it can be harder for them to learn how to soothe themselves. Giving your fussy baby or toddler your phone may help in the moment, but not in the long run.
  • Talk with your partner about how you can both create technology-free spaces.
  • Commit to tech-free times each day—such as meal times, caregiving, and play times.

While zero screen time for your child’s early development is best, it’s not always realistic. What’s most important is that you do your best to achieve a healthy balance. Turn to your pediatrician, speech-language pathologist, and other trusted experts for guidance about screen-time use.