We all know how pervasive it is in our children’s lives, but what most people don’t know is the profound negative and lasting effects it has on a growing brain. This report is based on Dr Dunckley’s experience with over 1000 patients -what symptoms electronic screens cause, how damage occurs, what systems are affected, and what happens when you put your child on an “electronic fast”. This, combined with compiling the research, makes for a very compelling argument to minimize or even abolish screentime if your child is in trouble.
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“Many children are misdiagnosed- especially as ‘bipolar’ or ‘ADHD’, and are sometimes put on psychotropic medication unnecessarily, when really the culprit is the brain being in overdrive from electronics. This is disturbing, and parents should educate themselves on the risks, and consider taking a solid 3 week break if their child is having any problems, ” Dr Dunckley recommends.
But how do you this? First, you, the parent, must be convinced yourself that it’s worth it. To do that, you must learn what happens in the eyes, brain, and body when games or other electronic stimulation occurs. Dr. Dunckley’s program explains the behind-the-scenes action in simple terms with lots of examples. Then, to be fully committed, you need to learn about the potential benefits:
- Better compliance, e.g. being told to do a chore or get ready for bed.
- Smoother homework time- more gets done with fewer tears and tantrums.
- Improved reading and math skills*
- Improved attention**
- Better quality sleep, due to both sleep “signals” and body clock being reset.***
- Better frustration tolerance, fewer meltdowns, less aggression
- Less irritability, depression, and agitation.
Lastly, you need to know how to implement it. This is the tough part! Parents get overwhelmed with the just the thought of telling their child. Dr Dunckley’s program specifically addresses this issue, and provides practical tools to help you and your child succeed.
This is a preview to Dr Dunckley’s 4 week “Save Your Child’s Brain” teleseminar program, which is being developed to help support parents in what may seem to be a daunting task. “The hardest part for me as a clinician is helping the parent who resists. It’s either because they’re not convinced of the video games’ impact, because they feel it’s too difficult, if not impossible to implement in today’s world, or because they feel they’d be giving up precious moments of peace and quiet,” Dr Dunckley states. “The program will address these concerns and helps the parent take it day-by-day, learning as they go.”
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