Podcast 13: Making Screentime Interactive for Children with Developmental Delays

Screens are a double-edged sword in the world of parenting. It is not uncommon for children to spend hours each day glued to screens, often with unintended consequences on their development .

A recent study conducted by Kaiser Family Foundation found that many kids average 7.5 hours per day sitting in front of screens which can lead to developmental problems if it becomes too much time spent staring at a screen and ignoring other parts of life like school or family activities.

Children love their favorite shows, and that interest is very motivating to them. Yet passively watching even educational programs isn’t doing their brains any favors. However, if you get them off the couch moving and interacting with these shows then something interesting happens: they flip a cognitive switch! And bonus, this process gives you permission to buy toys!

Part 1 of a 2 part series.  Part 2, will be on the importance of also taking the time to put the screens away and use open-ended toys to foster creative and fantasy play.

  • Autism and Elmo
  • Examples of Interactive Bins
  • Color Crew Interactive Binder

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Amy Nielsen

Amy Nielsen is a former children's librarian of nearly twenty years. She now spends most of her time obsessively pounding on a keyboard. She is the author of It Takes a Village: How to Build a Support System for Your Exceptional Needs Family, Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her upcoming YA Worth it debuts in May of 2024. She is also a freelance writer for The Autism Helper. When she's not writing, she and her family are most likely crusing the waters of Tampa Bay.