As years progress, parents have become more aware of their child’s needs. They used to have concerns about their child’s physical development, like walking, weight and height. The most important point for them was that the child looks ‘normal’. But these days, parents are gaining more awareness. The need for the more holistic development of children, like speech patterns, social cues and other such subtleties picked up during their early years, is becoming evident.
Although the changes seen in the parents’ behaviour is significant, it is also to be noted that a lot of them are willing to be complacent in hopes that eventually their child will reach the standard for development. They think that over time the problem will sort itself out, just because it is not a visible problem. This is due to the lack of true awareness and knowledge about the developmental patterns of children in their early day.
Neuroplasticity of the child psyche is highest during early developmental stages, and this plays a huge role in the progression of linguistic, motor and sensory systems. A big issue with early intervention in the detection and prevention of hearing disability is strained communication. With the technology and media landscapes changing, parents tend to interact with their children less, leading to “virtual autism”; a condition where the child gets accustomed to consuming media more than interacting with people.
The problem, though extremely serious, has a simple solution. The barrier can be very easily overcome by educating parents to create avenues for conversations with their children more frequently. This is one of the key points in my upcoming book - Speak A Boo (pre-order here). Talk to your children! Tell them about your day. Include them in the tea time chit-chat. Something as simple as this will help them grow their senses and as an added benefit, it will prepare them for being independent later in life.