Impact of pandemic on children’s social and communication skills, Health News, ET HealthWorld

By Dr. Swati Vijay

A child’s mental and physical development is considered incomplete until one starts communicating confidently. Although no two children will have the same level of assertiveness, they should be able to express their feelings and emotions at least with the people in their close-quarter such as parents and siblings. But when they encounter problems like stammering or stuttering even with the family members, it should be counted as a problem and must be corrected through speech therapies.

Domino effects of distancing
The onset of the pandemic has given many new norms such as social distancing, online learning, and virtual celebrations. These social disruptions have drastically affected the development of young children, which depends on a variety of biological, psychological, and social factors. These developmental factors demand a supportive and caring environment at home and inside the school. On the one hand, many parents are unable to extend support due to rising responsibilities and decreasing earnings, on the other hand, lack of physical and social activities due to the closure of schools is causing toxic stress among children. Ultimately, this overprotected but non-progressive culture is thrusting children into a state of doubts and doldrums.

Behavioural upheaval
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