Saturday, May 2, 2015

10 Tips for Managing Kids' Tech Time from the American Speech and Hearing Association

It's May, which means I'm up to my eyeballs in IEP paperwork, but it also means that it's Better Hearing and Speech Month. BHSM is a wonderful time for speech-language pathologists. It gives us a chance to highlight the importance of communication and to share information about the services we provide. Obviously, I love apps and enjoy helping children, families and professionals find and utilize apps that will encourage and improve communication skills. I also know that technology can't take the place of talking to each other. Managing screen time is an issue for many families, mine included. I love this blog post titled 10 Tips for Managing Kids' Tech Time from the American Speech and Hearing Association website.

1. Create tech-free times. Find at least one or two opportunities during the day—at the dinner table, for example—for everyone to disconnect. Mealtime is a prime opportunity for conversation. Make a commitment and have everyone check their devices at the kitchen door. 

2. Resist overreliance on technology to pacify boredom. Fifty-five percent of parents worry that they rely on technology too much to keep their child entertained, according to the ASHA poll. Roughly half of parents say that they are using technology as a means to keep kids age 0–3 entertained. Remember that the best opportunities for conversation and learning are often found in situations that may be viewed as boring, such as while running errands or on a long car trip—particularly for the youngest children. While it may be tempting, try to resist the urge to immediately turn to these devices as a source of entertainment. 

Read the entire list here.

Our blog post about Limiting iPad time can be found here and might also be helpful. Check out this post by Shelly on how to limit app usage. How do you limit screen time with with yoiur family? Share your suggestions in the comments below.

It's been a stressful week and Sarah has decided she deserves a manicure.

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