Masks and Speech Development – What Do We Know?

Updated: Jul 16, 2021

For many months now, face masks or coverings have been required in almost all indoor public spaces due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, parents and speech language pathologists may wonder - what will the effect of face coverings have on young children's development of speech and language?

When we speak, our mouths are rich with cues that provide meaningful context for what someone is trying to say, combined with what is actually heard. Since COVID-19 started, think abo