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Most harmful thing for kids with any communication deficit, and negative implications for typically developing kids

I have been a Speech-Language Pathologist for more than 10 years. Mask-wearing is the worst idea that I have ever encountered. Children need to see the faces of others (both peers and adults) to learn language, speech sounds, social and pragmatic cues, etc. Though I have found ways around this as a professional so that I can do my job (using window masks and face shields), kids are deprived of this important information for the rest of their day! I am afraid that we will see a negative impact on children’s abilities to understand non-verbal messages provided by facial cues, more kids having trouble with sound placement, poor reading/literacy outcomes, and more even for typically developing children.

Knoxville, TN
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11 months ago

I agree with you 100%. I am also a speech-language pathologist, working with school children and under mask mandates. Although I understand the harm in mask wearing at any age, I specifically see first hand so many of those negative effects on our speech impaired students. It is very sad how instead of teaching students about so many good healthy habits (whole foods, connecting with nature, sleep, limit use of electronics, etc. etc.), the system only focuses on such things as masks, chemical disinfectants, and social distancing… additionally harming them with such a false sense of security.