Every day there is more evidence of how confinement due to quarantine affects our children, especially during their early childhood years, which is exactly when they begin to learn to speak. According to a study published by BBC News in London and conducted in England on 50,000 students from different schools in the United Kingdom, “means of coping with critical experiences to children who have been left out of the epidemic to increase social interaction and their vocabulary. The Education Endowment Foundation (EPS) study noted that little or no contact with grandparents, social distancing, lack of opportunities to play with other children, and less use of public spaces allowed them to engage in interactions and everyday activities. less exposed than experienced.
On the other hand, Dr Sita Pastor from the Speech Therapy, Pediatrics and Myofunctional Therapy Service at HM Nance Hospital in Barcelona, Spain, argues that “the use of a mask (covering the mouth) is preventing the little ones from being able to move the lips and their to imitate the voices heard by him, which is fundamental when producing language”. Similarly, “the majority of children who come to counseling are between two and five years old; Its speech therapists (specialists in the treatment and correction of disorders affecting oral language and pronunciation, such as dyslalia) have found problems with pronunciation, the formation of words and sentences; Which will make literacy and reading comprehension more difficult later on. There is a phonetic discrimination by not seeing the gesture of the mouth, because they do not recognize well which letter they should hear and pronounce” argues Dr. Monica Navarro from HM Hospital in Madrid. Faced with this problem What can we do to help?
Regardless of when to see a specialist, if you’re the parent of a child with oral language problems, there are some tips that pediatricians, neuropsychologists, speech therapists, and language therapists give us in general consensus: talk with your children. Do, you can see a topic they are interested in or when they ask you something, try to answer them with a phrase that prompts them to ask you more questions; Don’t answer them with a simple yes or no because it cuts through the conversation. Victoria Day, a teacher at Ryder Hayes Primary School who participated in the study in the United Kingdom, advises them to read stories “It doesn’t matter whether they are informative books or fairy tales, the important thing is that they All the texts are there. Full of rich vocabulary, and this will help the child to develop his/her language ability.”
Providing them with experiences in parks, gardens, public places, playing games with them will give them more opportunities to develop their vocabulary further. Ask them questions and answer their questions by starting a conversation, explaining to them that even if you are tired or busy, remember that no job or job is more important than your children’s education and development. Sing it at the end will help them remember and increase their vocabulary, you can search for simple songs with repeated words and also help them with other tasks such as asking them to go to the bathroom or brush their teeth learn to say. You can find these kids songs for free on YouTube. The pandemic continues to present us with challenges, but undoubtedly humanity will manage to overcome them, and you and your children will undoubtedly come forward too.
The captivity of the pandemic affected the development of language in our children’s childhood. How can we help them?