(Click on lower right corner to view in full screen.)
Technology puts children at risk for developing Sensory Processing Disorders. Children these days are using a lot of technology. This includes infants and toddlers. The many hours a day children spend watching and interacting with screens is taking valuable time away from life experiences and interaction with other human beings. Real world activities provide rich and varied sensory input that stimulates children's healthy development. Technology simply does not provide the types of sensory input that are essential. Technology use can also lead to touch deprivation, another factor in SPD.
In her book, Virtual Child, Cris Rowan, OT explains that "children who overuse technology have too much sensory input to the auditory and visual channels, and too little sensory input into the vestibular, tactile and proprioceptive (touch and movement) channels. This sensory imbalance results in suboptimal development and consequent impairments in attention and learning ability."
Research: EMR and Effects on the Hippocampus
Sensory Processing Disorder
Research: Exposure to EMR & SPD
Research: Sensory Processing Disorder (Not EMR Specific)
National Association for Children and Safe Technology