HELPING FAMILIES BALANCE LIFE AND TECHNOLOGY
AVOIDING AND TREATING TECH DEPENDENCE
More than ever there is an increasing need for young people to learn to manage the enticing world of technology. The internet and gaming world provide endless distraction and a steady drip of constant entertainment, which leads to the impairment of one’s ability to focus, cope with boredom, tolerate distress, make true human-to-human connections, or create one’s own joy. What compounds this problem is that these activities have been proven to be highly habit forming and even addictive.
All people are at risk of developing dependence to technology but individuals on the autism spectrum, with ADHD, or other childhood disorders are especially at risk. I believe that learning to maintain healthy relationships with technology is critical to good mental health. I work with individuals and families to understand the risks that technology poses and help them establish guidelines that work in their home and within their family culture. I also help clients learn new skills to prevent future dependence on technology.