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Q: How Do I Get My Son to Branch Out Beyond Video Games?

Does your child with ADHD insist that everything in life is boring except video games? This is common due to ADHD-related inflexibility, the dopamine rush associated with gaming, and bad experiences with past social activities. Here, learn how to compel him to try something new and without screens.

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Q: “What do you do if your child has difficulty finding interests? If I was to ask my 13 year old what he would like to do in order to set up a visual ideas poster, he would say I don’t like to do anything other than gaming. Everything is boring.”

A: “Video games give you a dopamine rush and with that comes a sense of accomplishment. If you son feels he has a mastery over a certain game, he is going to do what makes him feel good: play that game. So what we need to do is find other things where he can practice building skills. That also means you sometimes have to tell him he is trying new things…”

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Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW is the facilitator of the ADHD Dude Facebook Group and YouTube channel. Ryan specializes in working with males (ages 5-22) who present with ADHD, anxiety with ADHD, and learning differences; he is the one professional in the United States who specializes in teaching social cognitive skills to boys from a male perspective.

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Updated on July 8, 2019

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