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Little Screens, Big Effects!

Technology has grown to be a necessity in our everyday lives. We use it to set our alarms, track our health, and even vacuum our homes. Technology is developing to become more integrated into daily use, and developing to be more affordable for adults and children. What does the rise of technology mean for children with ADHD? Children with ADHD sometimes have difficulty focusing on tasks that do not provide high stimulation or high interest to them. With the rise of technology, they have access to information, social interactions, and overly stimulating games at their fingertips. Often times they spend time hyperfocused playing the different games, checking multiple social media platforms, and binging on Netflix as if it is their only purpose. Where is this focus when it applies to homework or chores? Screens can be used to help make our lives easier, but can also be a major distraction. Prioritize your cognitive health and try some of these great tips to help monitor your screen time! Little Girl Ipad

Use Apps That Manage Screen Time: If you are aware that screens are a major distraction for you or your child then try utilizing apps that can help manage your screen time. There are several apps on the market that can help limit the amount of time you can utilize your smart devices. This will give you more time to focus on other activities such as practicing mindfulness meditation, learning a new instrument, or going exploring outside. 

Learn Something New: Learning a new skill requires focus and practice. When you are devoting your time to a new task, you are not using your screens. You are not being distracted by the world of social media or the forever changing news, but focusing all of your attention on the task at hand. The more different hobbies and new skills you incorporate in your life, the less impact screens will have in your life.

Schedule Time For Yourself: It is easy to be connected to the world with our screens at our fingertips. You can communicate with people located anywhere in the world, or like pictures of an old friend. It is easy to get connected, but just as easy to forget to love yourself. When we are constantly on our screens being connected with others, we neglect connecting with ourselves. It is important that we take some time for ourselves to do things that bring us happiness. It can be enjoying your favorite music, cooking your favorite meal, or playing your favorite video game. You are in control of your happiness and must prioritize yourself! 

All screen time is not created equal. There are positives. Technology helps us manage our lives, stay connected with one another, and can even help us manage our ADHD. Play Attention is the #1 comprehensive program that integrates NASA inspired technology, cognitive skill training, and behavior shaping to improve executive function. As you strengthen your executive function, you will begin to see improvements in how you organize your time, manage tasks and other crucial skills that are needed for success. Don’t let technology hold you back! Use technology to move you forward! Call now for your free 1:1 consult: 800-788-6786 or visit our website: www.playattention.com and unlock your full potential.