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How lockdown has affected children's speech – and what parents can do to help

By Yvonne Wren, Senior research fellow and director, Bristol Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit, University of Bristol
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The pandemic means many children will have spent the best part of a year interacting much less than normal with teachers, friends and family. One of the big questions is how this will have changed the way they have learned to speak. Have lockdown and other COVID-19 measures affected how children acquire the speech and language skills so vital to their academic and social development? And if children’s speech has been held back, what can parents do about it?

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