25 minutes | Jun 23, 2020

010 Video Games and ADHD Brains: A Blessing or a Curse?

The issue of video games is a frequent debate between many parents and their children.  Video games are especially reinforcing for kids with non-neurotypical brains, as playing them allows for opportunities to hyper-focus in a relatively effortless activity (compared to what they have done at school all day, for example).  These games also allow children to fail in a safe space, and then they have the opportunity to try again when the game re-starts. Kids with ADHD and anxiety can feel disappointment intensely, and when they play video games they can release their emotions without worrying about what others may think. While we want our children to engage with activities they love, the key is working with them to increase their awareness while they are doing these things.  Starting early with structure and limits allows them access to a preferred activity while also teaching them to be aware of what is going on outside themselves as well as of their other responsibilities.  Here at the Parenting Balance Podcast, you'll find simple, science-based tools and tricks for parenting kids with ADHD or anxiety. Although we are both family therapists, this podcast is for informational purposes only and should not replace the guidance of a qualified professional. Join us as we debate and discuss our own experiences as parents of kids diagnosed with ADHD and anxiety and breakdown the latest research into easily digestible portions. We created this podcast to educate, inspire hope, explore new ideas and discover together what we know to be true: you are not alone, and finding a community of support can make all the difference. >>Please join our Parenting Balance Podcast Community here and sign up here to be the first in line for our new Modern Guide to Understanding Kids With ADHD mini-course.<<
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