ADDitude ADHD Experts Podcast

“Time to Unplug? How Screen Time Impacts the ADHD Brain” [podcast episode #271]

Tune in to listen as David Anderson, Ph.D., teaches actionable strategies to manage screen time at home and in school.

Video game controller with monitor on the table
Video game controller with monitor on the table

Listen to “Time to Unplug? How Screen Time Impacts the ADHD Brain” with David Anderson, Ph.D.

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How much screen time is too much? Do certain types of screen use negatively affect mental health? And how can you effectively establish and enforce practical guidelines in your home? Parents have a lot of questions about screen time and mental health. When a child has ADHD, the considerations and challenges become more complicated for families trying to determine how much device usage is OK.

Research suggests that screen use has an acute impact on ADHD symptom severity at two distinct developmental stages — at younger ages, when kids are first being exposed to screens; and in the teen years, when screens become central to their social lives. Parents, educators, and policymakers must arm themselves with evidence-based research and actionable strategies in order to effectively manage screen time at home and in school.

Listener testimonials:

  • “Wonderful information. Thank you!”
  • “He was a great presenter: approachable, knowledgeable, and realistic!”
  • “This was excellent for me as a parent.”
  • “This speaker and his information were SO fantastic and validating! Thank you!!”

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This ADHD Experts webinar was first broadcast live on May 7, 2019. 

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