Media Release: Talk on influence of media on children’s speech

A TALK in Aberdeen, on Tuesday, November 30, will look at the influence of the media on children’s speech development.

The speaker, Donald Phillips, Therapeutic Speech Practitioner at Camphill Wellbeing Trust, explains that his subject has been in the news recently.

He said: “Many people will have seen the news story of the three year-old boy who could only speak in ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ language.

“There is substantial research into the effects of television on children’s speech development.

“It’s widely accepted, by speech and language therapists, that television in the early years can be detrimental to normal speech development.

“Within the last decade we’ve seen government endorse early use of the computer in schools, especially for children as young as three to four years old.

“What is the evidence to support this move, when in other EU countries there are age guidelines for computer use?

“Similarly, the influence of computer gaming, internet sites, virtual games and computer enhanced graphics is growing. They bombard the senses of young children at a time when they are most open to such stimuli. This in turn may affect speech development as the child grows into school age.”

Donald Phillips’ talk takes place on Tuesday, November 30 at 7.30pm at Newton Dee Cafe, Old Ferry Road, Bieldside. There is no admission charge, but donations to the trust are welcome. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

Camphill Wellbeing Trust is the charity arm of Camphill Medical Practice, which provides NHS primary care services to the local community along with the intensive professional care required by the children and adults in six Camphill Aberdeen communities in the Aberdeen area.

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