Early Exposure to Visual Media and its Effect on Language Development in Arabic Speaking Children

Citation:
hossam el dessouky, A. A. Aziz, D. M. O. Othman, and M. K. E. D. Tawfik, Early Exposure to Visual Media and its Effect on Language Development in Arabic Speaking Children, , Cairo, Cairo University, 2015.

Thesis Type:

Msc

Abstract:

Early language development is stimulated by the linguistic input that children hear on a regular basis. Since media has become an integral part of Egyptian children’s lives in the past decade it is essential to study its role on language development. The aim of this work is to detect the relation between delayed language development and increased exposure to visual media. The study was conducted on 140 Egyptian, Arabic speaking children, with age range between two and five years. The Children were divided into two groups; 70 children with delayed language development, and 70 typically developing children. A questionnaire was designed to assess the media viewing habits of each group. The results obtained from this study revealed an association between early and excessive exposure to visual media and delayed language development.

Key words: Visual media – Television – Language development- Language assessment- Media viewing habits.