Ability of toddlers to recognise TV imagesBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7257.385 (Published 05 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:385
Clinical utility of this milestone is not established
- Michael Hunter, specialist registrar in psychiatry (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Community Health Sheffield NHS Trust, Northlands Community Mental Health Centre, Sheffield S5 8BE
- Royal Free Hospital, London NW3 2QG
- Basildon Hospital, Basildon, Essex SS16 5NL
EDITOR—Lloyd and Brodie propose that the ability of an 18 month old child to recognise television images may be a useful milestone in the assessment of development.1 Their data derive from the examination of two conditions only: Down's syndrome and normality. To extend the concept to include learning disabilities in general, language disorders, and autism is not necessarily valid.
The authors found that their milestone had a high degree of specificity (96%): very few normal children were unable to recognise television images. …