2022 Sound Stories

How the teacher mask mandate is affecting children’s language development

Teacher reading a picture book while wearing a mask.
Teacher wearing a mask and reading a book

It has been a difficult time for children in ACT who have struggled with lockdowns, home learning and the compulsory wearing of masks by teachers and educators in schools.

The teacher mask mandate has recently been lifted, however, there are concerns it may have affected children’s language skills during this critical time of their development.