Lockdown and Language – What are the Effects on Children's Development?

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

Everyone has been affected in different ways because of COVID-19, whether directly from the virus or indirectly through restrictions and closures. We know this is a stressful time and a lot is still unknown in terms of how long the pandemic will continue or what the effects will be on aspects like education and development for children and youth.

The state of the world and our individual lives changes daily, so there is an ongoing need for research into the effects of the pandemic, and it will likely continue to be an important topic for years to come. But for right now, we want to take a look at some of the initial findings about the effects of lockdowns and safety measures on children's development of speech and language.

Missing Social Interaction and Learning Opportunities

Out of 50, 000 four- and five-year-olds in England who started school in September 2020, 20-25% more students needed help with language skills compared to the previous year. 96% of schools who were surveyed said they were concerned about students' speech and language development.