Infants, toddlers, and grade school children use many cues to learn language. Some of them are visual, involving seeing the mouth move. Some depend on clearly hearing speech. Both have been impacted by mask wearing during the pandemic. Experts now studying how far behind children are as a result discuss how language develops in children and how it’s been affected in the pandemic. 


  • Dr. Stephen Camarata, Prof. of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Psychiatry, Psychology, Human Development and Special Education, Vanderbilt Univ. and author, The Intuitive Parent: Why the Best Thing For Your Child Is You
  • Sara Charney, speech pathologist, Mayo Clinic Arizona

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