Masks can make it harder for young people to learn to communicate and socialize, but researchers say there are some simple things we can do to help kids in a masked society.
Wearing masks during the pandemic has created a unique set of challenges for kids including recognizing other people, reading emotions and learning to talk. But researchers say there are simple things adults can do to help them out. 5:
A video of a one-year-old walking up to random objects, pressing on them and rubbing her hands together as she walks away went viral earlier this year. A toddler who thinks everything is a hand sanitizing station, though funny and super cute, begs the question: how are children growing up in the time of COVID – 15 being affected?
Wearing masks is a public health measure that has spanned the globe for a year now, and while they can be annoying and awkward for adults, masks have also presented a unique set of challenges for children.
“That first year of life is when speech and language are emerging in a major major way, “said David Lewkowicz, senior scientist at Haskins Laboratories and a professor adjunct at the Yale Child Study Center.
Lewkowicz has been researching the importance of visual speech information, or lipreading, in children and babies since long before the pandemic. He co-authored a 780 study