Episode 108: Understanding Screen Addition with ADHD Expert Simon Da Roza

UNDERSTANDING SCREEN ADDICTION ​WITH ADHD EXPERT SIMON DA ROZA

A lot of parents have asked me how to deal with screen addictions in their nuerodiverse children. This is especially important during the holidays, so this week in the podcast I speak with ADHD expert Simon Da Roza about executive functioning and managing screen time.

Learn how to reduce from 16 hours a day to just 1!

4 Types of Screen Addiction

By Simon Da Roza

Escape and create – e.g. Minecraft
Gaming – solo or social
Internet – rabbit-holes e.g. youtube
Group  chats

What to do!

Ownership: make sure the child realises there is a problem so they can start working to fix it. Try getting them to guess how many hours a day they spend on a screen before checking with them. Encourage them to set targets for themself.

Plan B: encourage the child to consider other options – different ways they can spend their time to maximise a healthy brain:

  • Learning
  • Attitude
  • Exercise
  • Down time
  • Sleep
  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Connection – with family, friends and nature
  • Routine
  • Diet
  • A team the child can work with
  • Medication

Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS): more information here.

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