In my work as a child psychologist, one of the things I see worrying parents the most is the “addictive” nature of social media and video game play. While I view most technology usage to be cognitively challenging and useful for kids, many parents worry about their kids only wanting to do things that involve a screen. And when it comes to kids with ADHD, Autism, and Learning Disabilities, stopping video game play can cause intense distress and arguments, to the point where many parents no longer want them to play games, no matter what the potential benefit may be.
My LearningWorks for Kids team regularly shares strategies for setting effective screen time limits, but we don’t have all of the answers. Some of the best ideas for setting screen time limits have come from parents of patients in my clinical practice. These parents know first-hand that children with cognitive and learning differences require a measured and thoughtful approach to limit-setting.
So I think it’s about time we asked you, our LW4K audience:
How do you deal with transitions? What works best in your home?
Do you have a tried and true method for helping your child with ADHD, ASD, or learning differences transition away from video games and other tech devices? Have you found a technique that makes the switch a bit more bearable? Be a hero and share your tips and strategies with other parents facing the same challenges!
Use the comments section of this article to share the ways you manage to balance technology with other aspects of your life. Please answer the questions below and be as specific and thorough as possible. I want to understand this issue better so that I can make recommendations to families that deal with difficult transitions on a regular basis. You’ll get all the credit if we use your comments in future posts.
- Which games do your children have the most difficulty stepping away from?
- Describe time limits or schedules that seem to help your child accept and adhere to screen time limits and deal with transitions.
- How do you limit your own screen time?
- What do you do to encourage alternative activities to screen time?
- What tools, apps, or technologies do you use to set screen time limits?
Thanks again for your help. We appreciate you. Do you have a concern of your own about parenting in the digital age? You can write to me anytime! Leave a comment or come talk to LearningWorks for Kids on Facebook.
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