Homes can be quite noisy places.... televisions, phones, music, radios, washing machines, Xboxes, electronic toys, other children, adults talking and this all adds to redundant background noise.
Young children can't screen out background noise.
They cannot focus their listening & attention on one thing. Instead they hear everything at once.
Cutting out background noise is important to help to children’s speech & language skills. It's important to make quieter times.
Children can listen and share conversation much better without background noise and so it's important to be aware of background noise and try to limit it at key times, such as story time, meal times or play times.
Television and electronic games can be great for children’s language development but used in the wrong way can also be a great obstacle. However, a television programme or DVD watched selectively can be a good support for children's language development. Let your child watch something and then turn the TV/device off.
Children under the age of 4 are generally unable to manage dual channelled attention and a television left switched on, for example, is a source of background noise which will interfere with their listening and attention.
Lisa & Tracey