Do Video Games Exacerbate ADHD?

Do Video Games Exacerbate ADHD?

written by Colin Guard, Dr. Liz Matheis & Randy Kulman PH. D, published on  www.attitudemag.com

Resistance is futile; the future is digital.

Statistics from Common Sense Media show that more than 30 percent of children in the United States play with mobile devices while still in diapers. More than one-third of third graders own a phone. Tweens spend up to an hour a day texting. High school students spend 8 to 11 hours each day with digital technology, if you include multitasking. And, according to Pew Research Center, nearly 75 percent of 13- to 17-year-olds have smartphones they use “almost constantly.”

Guide to Life Insurance for Parents of Children with Disabilities

Guide to Life Insurance for Parents of Children with Disabilities

written by  published on bankrate.com July 27, 2020

Caring for a child with special needs can be both a great joy and a challenge. You want your child to live to their full potential, in whatever form that takes, for their entire life. That may take additional resources, especially if you should die while they are still in need of care.

Securing your child’s future will take a great deal of planning, and much of that revolves around the need to ensure that your child has the financial resources they need, both now and as an adult. One part of that equation may include a life insurance policy — or policies — to provide for your child’s needs after you’re gone.

Your Child Probably Has ADHD. Now What?

Your Child Probably Has ADHD. Now What?

by Dr. Liz Matheis, published in www.attitudemag.com

Your child is in elementary school. For the last year or so, you’ve heard in parent-teacher conferences and occasional emails that your child is ‘fidgety.’ He has difficulty keeping his hands to himself. He gets up out of his seat often. This is happening consistently; no one is beating around the bush anymore: It’s time for an ADHD evaluation. But where do you go from here? With whom should you consult? Who can recognize the symptoms of ADHD in children and diagnose ADHD? And most importantly, how can you use a diagnosis to help your child?

 

 

Parenting Teenagers with Depression During COVID-19

Parenting Teenagers with Depression During COVID-19

by Dr. Liz Matheis – Published in Psychology Today, 3/28/2021

Our teens are suffering. They have been suffering for the last year and as a parent, it is heartbreaking to watch our (bigger) babies hurt so badly. Our teens are grieving the loss of so many milestones such as graduations, dances, proms, field trips, athletic games and tournaments, school plays and theater, and the spontaneous social interactions that they crave and need.

Stress, PTSD and Parents of Kids with Disabilities

Stress, PTSD and Parents of Kids with Disabilities

by Dr. Liz Matheis – from PCWSN 2021: Volume 11, Issue 2 by Parenting Children With Special Needs

As a Psychologist, I am in the business of receiving phone calls from parents worried about their kids with disabilities. During that initial phone call, parents give me a quick run-down of their child’s symptoms, the struggles the family at large is facing, and the specific goals they would like to work towards. During that initial phone call, I’m often left thinking, “How are you, as the parent, doing?” Parents are often surprised when I ask that question during the intake. Several parents have responded with silence, a confused, “Fine,” or “No one has ever asked me how I’m doing.” As a parent of a child with disabilities, the process of gaining a diagnosis and then figuring out life and supports and medical conditions can be overwhelming and often traumatizing. In my experience, many parents of children with disabilities and other medical needs are experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

 

Provider Spotlight: Kiana Davis – Tutor Kids n’ More

Provider Spotlight: Kiana Davis

Kiana Davis is a K-6 certified teacher in New Jersey with over thirteen years of educational experience. Her business, Tutor Kids n’ More, offers individualized tutoring and instruction to grade school age children both virtually and in-person. Kiana also provides various childcare services including: babysitting, group babysitting and children’s party hosting. Tutor Kids n’More has been providing these services to families since September of 2017. Please check out Kiana’s website below!

How to “Unbreak” Yourself

College Students Guide to Ergonomics

by Jeff Brushie 3/20/2021 https://unbreakyourself.com/students/

We often discuss a sedentary lifestyle in the context of adults who work in jobs that require them to spend long periods of time sitting, but there’s a demographic less often discussed but perhaps just as impacted by being sedentary.

What Is a Sedentary Lifestyle?

A sedentary lifestyle is one of the biggest public health issues our nation faces, as well as an increasing number of other countries around the world.

The recommendation for adults is that they get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity every week.

Yet only around 21% of adults meet this recommendation, and less than 5% of adults in the U.S. perform 30 minutes of physical activity a day.

When you’re sedentary, it puts you at risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. It also increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and the likelihood you’ll die prematurely.

If you spend a lot of time sitting, it can make it hard for your body to control blood sugar, break down fat, regulate your blood pressure and maintain a healthy metabolism level.

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