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.