Do you feel your kids need a break from their iPad and other devices that seems to buzz and click all the time?
Do you think their attention span could be better?
British neuroscientist, Susan Greenfield, is one of the many researchers who’s unveiled some frightening and disturbing findings about devices and children’s attention spans. As part of the study UK teachers were surveyed and 91% of teachers believe that children’s attention spans are getting shorter as most children choose to spend time on their devices, rather than reading.
As a busy mom (as are we all), I often don’t prioritize reading time with my kids. As a speech pathologist, I know better and am frequently asking myself to prioritize that special time with my children.
As I was going holiday shopping last year, I saw something absolutely astonishing at the department store. There sitting on the ground among the heaps of clothing shoes and angst-ridden, busy shoppers was a little boy quietly reading! I couldn’t believe my eyes. He was so focused and engrossed in his book, he didn’t even look up to notice my gawkish stares. I quickly pulled my sister over to see, and she was also stunned. I felt like I was watching some extraordinary and rare behavior on the discovery channel. [Read more…]