Hello There !
First of all i really like reading your post regarding this subject! Thank you !!
I think we as Parents of young children have forgotten how to play (game boards and one on one time with our children)
due to over worked, not enough time in the day ,other issues to deal e.g. too much time on Facebook and the list goes on.
If we as Parents also have a limit of time spent on social media devices we can make time for our children.
When my Son was in Kinder garden OT <SPEECH wanted him to use the iPad all the time. I wasn't for it !!!
They couldn't understand why ,i stressed that i DID NOT WANT MY YOUNG TODDLER AT THE DINNER TABLE EATING LOOKING AT
MOTHERS VOICES ARE THE BEST TOOLS
A TOUCH SCREEN WHILE WE ARE EATING A MEAL !. GETTING INTO THE HABIT OF NOT TALKING BUT ,TOUCHING A IPAD.
I PUT A STOP TO THAT WITH BEING FROWN UPON FROM THEM,.
Even at the OT social groups they wanted all the Children to be touch screen iPad ,in the waiting room. Parents where on their phones(not talking to each
other .....and the Child (toddlers sitting there the same) WHAT HAS HAPPEN TO OUR SOCIAL SKILLS . WELL PEOPLE HAVE FORGOTTEN TO
GREET AND MEET EACH OTHER AND HAVE A GOOD OLD CHAT.
I STRONGLY AGREE THAT YOUNG CHILDREN EVEN MORE TODDLERS NEED TO HAVE A STRICK CUT OFF TIME OF USE )
BUT ON THAT NOTE WHEN YOU HAVE ....OT....SPEECH TELLING MOTHERS OF CHILDREN WHO FOR SOME REASON
ARE SHOWING THAT THEY MIGHT BE ON THE SPECTRUM TO BE 24/7 ON THE DEVICES TO IMPROVE SPEECH AND ON.
I did it the old fashion way.....Visual cards, going and spending time out in my Community teaching my Son back then the skill
of 'GREETING < MEETING AND HOW TO USE HIS SOCIAL SKILLS ,NOT A IPAD AS A PERSON.
EVERY BABY I SEE NOW IN THE PRAMS HAVE A IPAD OR SOME SORT OF DEVICE ,WHILE THE MOTHER IS ON
HER IPHONE ,NOT WATCHING WHAT AROUND HER ...WHAT CAN I SAY. WE ARE MAKING THE PROBLEM WORSE AND
NEED ATTENTION AND PUBLIC AWARENESS.
WOULD BE FANTASTIC IF YOU COULD MAYBE SEND OUT INFORMATION TO NEW MOTHERS OF THE DANGERS OF GIVING SUCH YOUNG BABY
DIGIAL DEVICES TO SPEND THE WHOLE DAY WATCHING, THEN TV AND THE GOES ON.
THEY THEN WONDER WHY THE BABY CANNOT HAVE QUITE TIME IN THE AFTER NAP, INSTEAD THEY GIVE IT THE
PHONE TO PLAY WITH ....I SEE IT ALL THE TIME WHEN I AM IN THE COMMUNITY ....TOO MUCH IPAD,I PHONE
THANK YOU FOR YOUR FANTASTIC POST ,LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE !!
KIND REGARDS SKATERGIRL08
TOWARDS CHANGE FOR THE BETTER ,
HAPPY AUTISTIC CHILDREN GROWN INTO CONFIDENT ADULTS