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Study: More time with handheld screens could lead to speech delays for kids

Study: More time with handheld screens could lead to speech delays for kids

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - As we move into summer, many parents are trying to think of ways to occupy their kids.

Many times that leads them right to devices, including tablets.

But a new study finds they could have a big impact on your child's speech.

Researchers found the more time children between six months and two-years-old spend using handheld screens, the more likely they are to have speech delays.

This includes smartphones, tablets, and electronic games.

The study looks at a range of speech marks, like whether the child uses sounds or words to get attention, what words, and how many they use.

And for every half-hour of time spent on a device, there was a 49 percent increased risk of a speech delay.

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