Video games are engaging, challenging, and sometimes even social outlets for kids’ creativity and energy. They can teach problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and team play. They can also suck a child’s attention and time away from important people and experiences in the real world. For children with ADHD, especially, video games can be the source of serious family anguish.
Because video games stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain and deliver the dopamine they so naturally crave, teens and young adults may fall into an unhealthy hyperfocus. At its worst, gaming can become a behavioral addiction that, because of difficulties with self-regulation, disproportionately affects kids with ADHD. The good news is that there are strategies that parents can use to prevent a gamer from reaching that point.
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In this webinar, parents will learn:1. How video games stimulate the ADHD brain
Meet the experts:
Wes Crenshaw , Ph.D., ABPP, is a psychologist, sex therapist, and author of I Always Want to Be Where I’m Not: Successful Living with ADD and ADHD and the forthcoming ADHD and Zombies . He’s logged over 25,000 hours face-to-face with clients in his 26-year career at his practice in Lawrence, Kansas.
Ryan Sipes is community manager at System76 , a computer manufacturer focused on building machines for creators. Ryan is a long-time gamer, especially role playing and fighting games. Ryan is an expert at managing ADHD in his professional life, including instituting reasonable, easy-to-follow restrictions on his gaming.
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