According to The National Pulse, the government mask mandates have had adverse effects on the development of speaking abilities in children and babies.
The Speech and Learning Institute in North Palm Beach, Florida has experienced a 364 percent increase in patients who were babies and toddlers amidst the pandemic. Prior to the onset of COVID-19, only 5 percent of the clinic’s patients were in the age group, while today it stands at 20 percent.
“There’s no research out there yet saying that this could be causing speech and language delays. But, most definitely, I’m sure it’s a factor,” Theek said. “It’s very important that kids do see your face to learn, so they’re watching your mouth.”
Gregg Santos shares his concern and experience with his son who was born perfectly healthy at the start of a pandemic.
“He would just ramble, baby ramble,” Santos said. “Certain words that are key did not flow, so that began to raise a red flag.”
“We’d go out and walk around the neighborhood, and there would be no one there…everyone just stayed in,” Santos said. Santos said he believes social isolation and everyone wearing masks lead to Diego’s speech delays.
“It bothers me,” Santos said. “It bothers me a lot.”