Concerns about the risks associated with excessive screen time are growing worldwide. Concurrently, we have seen a significant increase in the number of children who present with pragmatic language needs. As our culture becomes more digitized, SLPs need to understand the impact that screen technology has on social communication. This course examines the relationship between excessive screen time and language development, and offers suggestions for helping families understand screen time. Specific methods and strategies for incorporating the screen time discussion into pragmatic language therapy are also provided. The information presented in this course can be utilized when working with families from infancy to adolescents. Offered for 0.35 ASHA CEUs – 3.5 Contact Hours.
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The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
Integrate screen time discussions into functional pragmatic therapy activities.
LeAnna Heinrich, MS, CCC-SLP, is a school-based speech-language pathologist in Northern California. She works primarily with elementary school students with a variety of communication disorders. LeAnna is also a member of the Children’s Screen Time Action Network. She has presented at the local, state and national level on the topic of screen time. LeAnna has a particular interest in helping students and families carryover language-enriching activities into functional environments.
Financial — LeAnna Heinrich is the presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — LeAnna Heinrich is a member of the Children’s Screen Time Action Network.
Nonfinancial — LeAnna Heinrich is an official supporter of ASHA’s Healthy Communication and Popular Technology Initiative.
This program is offered for 0.35 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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"Most of this information applies. I work with preschoolers whose parents are proud of their 3 and 4-year-old's swiping skills. I liked thinking about the Screen Time Use Matrix and passive v. active." A.B. (Nov. 2021)
"The screen time matrix is a helpful descriptive tool! I appreciated the emphasis of having a nonjudgmental tone with families when discussing screen time." A.E. (Aug. 2021)
"I found the idea of all the missed opportunities kids experience when they are distracted by a device rather than tuned into the language and interaction all around them fascinating. Additionally the idea that so many of their learning experiences are 2 dimensional when they spend so much time on educational video games and screen time rather than manipulating and interacting with real objects is also so interesting....and disturbing. I was pleased to see so many suggestions about how to discuss screen time with families also. The course was easy to follow and I can readily see how it relates to the children and families I interact with. I also appreciated the resources mentioned throughout the course." A.K. (Aug. 2021)
"Tips about how to help parents to understand the importance of play and how to build non-screen play-time at home will benefit my daily practice. The course had a clear organization." C.H. (July 2021)
"Discussion of communication at various ages of language development was beneficial for my practice. I liked the discussion of the Queensland research and matrix." T.W. (July 2021)
“I loved that the presenter provided resources and references for further investigation. The clarity in which play was presented as essential for learning about: the world; the self; relationships; social interactions; was insightful.” – J.H. (Mar. 2021)
“This is the best online course I have found in a very long time. I find myself wanting to share it with various staff members and wanting to take this topic on at a school-wide level.” – B.S. (Feb. 2021)
“The therapy ideas/suggestions will be beneficial and easy to implement during therapy sessions with my older students who enjoy talking about their gaming and/or YouTube browsing habits! Very thorough and informative!” – L.D. (Dec. 2020)
“The organization of the material and the relevant and useful information that I can share with families was excellent!” – G.E. (Nov. 2020)
“I believe the negative effects and missed language opportunities for infants and children still developing language, as well as the 20-20-20 Rule for children (and adults!) to rest their eyes from excessive screen use, was a very interesting and relevant topic!” – A.C. (Oct. 2020)
“Clear, precise presentation with valuable information on how excessive screen time is detrimental to speech and language development and can greatly impact social-emotional development.” J.T. (Sep. 2020)
“I think it was refreshing to know that I am not the only speech therapist who sees screen time as a problem but also thinks that the use can be made to explore and improve both language and cognitive skills. I liked that it addressed preschoolers, school age, and adolescents and how each group was affected.” – C.D. (Aug. 2020)
"I like that this course is very relevant to the SLP in educational (public school) settings." – S.S. (July 2020)
"I liked that the author divided the discussion into age groups and provided a viewpoint of not only children using technology but also their parents and how that ultimately affects the children. I also liked the ideas on how to approach parents diplomatically regarding their children's use of screen time." – C.S. (June 2020)
"I enjoyed going over what screen time does to children’s developing brains (at different ages), the missed language opportunities when screens are used, and how to talk to parents about excessive screen use." – A.W. (May 2020)
"Going over incorporating discussing screen time during an evaluation was most helpful. I liked the easy to follow presenter & nice handouts." – K.S. (Apr. 2020)
"Giving parents strategies to create opportunities to have joint attention was very useful. I liked the active VS passive use discussion." – T.M. (Mar. 2020)
"I liked how she had specific examples of each topic she covered." – M.C. (Feb. 2020)
"The discussion on training parents in the management of their children screen time control was most beneficial. The course is very clear and very well documented. I liked everything." – R.O. (Feb. 2020)
"The course was very relevant to my daily practice. I especially appreciated the AAP recommendations and ways that screen time result in missed opportunities during activities of daily living." – A.S. (Jan. 2020)
"Easy to follow and speaker was easy to understand. Great topic for all SLPs working with kids." – A.H. (Jan. 2020)
"I liked ALL of the content. There was so much information! I felt the speaker could have had a bit more inflection, but overall it was great." – M.B. (Dec. 2019)
"I specifically enjoyed learning about the various areas impacted by excessive screen time. In particular, the pragmatic deficits. I truly enjoyed that this is such a new area of study for SLPs with such real world applications and issues." – N.W. (Dec. 2019)
"The matrix comparing different types of screen time and the suggestions/examples of social conversation about screen time was most beneficial." – M.M. (Dec. 2019)
"I liked learning about ways to shift our thinking of providing language rich environments for children in the supermarket, in the car, etc." – A.N. (Dec. 2019)
"The full extent of the content was relevant and beneficial to educating others about screen time. I especially enjoyed going over how to utilize the school environment as a platform to educate parents and teachers regarding the appropriate use of screen time." – C.R. (Dec. 2019)
"This is a very relevant topic for SLPs today!" – S.E. (Sept. 2019)