Television & Special Needs Children
Television can be a great learning tool for special needs children, with good parental guidance these children can be getting a very good education while watching television. The majority of children today are exposed to television and other technology devices which can be a positive or a negative influence on these children’s behavior, children who use television and electronic tablets before they ever start kindergarten are ahead of children who have not been exposed to these devices in a positive way.
How your child spend their time before ever starting school can make a difference how they do in school, children who are behind the majority of kids when starting school often experience struggling to catch up. What is your child watching during their television time, parents who encourage educational and learning programs develop good habits for their child? Children today are growing up on tablets before ever entering school, playing educational games has been a positive influence on children at this age.
Children without good parental guidance may be watching and learning the wrong types of things, children take things they watch on television as being real and often will imitate from the programs they watch on television. When my son was a toddler with autism, he harmed himself by jumping off the top of his dresser trying to fly like his favorite super hero, children are innocent and believe everything they see at a young age. Many children experience behavior problems due to what they are watching on television, children with special needs can feed off of the programs they watch and cause them behavior problems.
Television Tips For Children
- Four Hours Or Less Television Per Day
- Violent Programs May Cause Aggressive Behavior
- Focus On Positive Television Characters As Role Models
- Television Can Influence Smoking & Drinking As Being Cool
American Academy Of Pediatric’s Recommendations
- Babies & Toddlers Up To Eighteen Months Avoid Television
- Toddlers Eighteen Months To Twenty Four Months Television With Parents & Caregivers
- Preschoolers No More Than One Hour Per Day & Educational Programming
- Kids & Teens Five To Eighteen Years Parental Limits Should Be Enforced
- Includes Television-Social Media, & Video Games
Recommended Educational Programming
- Sesame Street
- Mister Rogers Neighborhood
- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
- Cyber Chase
- The Electric Company
- Animal Atlas
- Nutri Ventures
- Brain Games
- Get This Math
- Bang Goes The Theory
- Cosmos A Spacetime Odysssey
- Great Migrations
- The Weight Of Nutrition
- National Geographic Kids
- Discovery Kids
What Is On My Mind Today?
If you are like myself you grew up watching the positive influence television programs as a kid, even today when I do watch television the majority of the time I am watching educational type of programs such as discovery and national geographic. Many times what you are exposed to as a child will stick with you as an adult, forming good television viewing as a child often stays with you even when you are a full-grown adult.
Resources & Help
- The American Academy Of Pediatrics
- Kids Health
- Common Sense Media
- Health Tap
- Down Syndrome & Learning Aids