Monthly Archives: May 2017

The Effects of Technology on Kids and How to Avoid the Techno Tantrums

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We all know what it’s like to get hooked on a T.V. show or a Facebook feed or an email to do list. It’s the plight of the modern man – the desire to be in the digital world versus the real world. A recent study highlighted how grown adults will choose an electric shock when sitting alone doing nothing for 15 minutes – a reflection of how reliant we are on being stimulated from the outside.

Now consider our children. Children aged 6 this year are the first to have grown up with the iPad their whole life (the iPad turned 7 this year). As our latest webinar special guest Dr Kristy Goodwin points out this may be why teachers have seen a significant increase in the number of learning difficulties such as higher rates of short-sightedness, socialization difficulties, poor fine motor skills, short attention spans… and the list goes on.

Dr Goodwin pointed out that screen time literally bombards their nervous system – this is one reason for the techno tantrum but also why kids find it hard to go from the screen to the dinner table. Eating is predominantly a sensory activity but if their nervous system and sensory system has been overloaded with screen use it’s hard for them to sit down to eat. One suggestion she had was to get them to do something physically active post screen time, especially before sitting down eat – like going for a walk, setting the table, giving them something to touch – something to calm them down to help re-calibrate their brain (and entire body for that matter). Time in nature is good – green time vs screen time. Emerging research of nature time shows that it helps slows the brain down.

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How to Unlock the Learning Potential of Your Child

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We all want our children to be at ease in themselves – the adult that is capable, responsible, warm-hearted and, most importantly, genuinely enjoys being themselves. The question is, how do we support our child to have this foundation within themselves, particularly if they find learning difficult?

This week we interviewed integrative child psychotherapist Vanessa McHardy on this very question – how do we unlock the learning potential of our children? We know this is a pressing issue for parents as this event booked out within 48 hours of promoting it.

Vanessa gave us some wonderful examples of the work she has done with children– including her own – and what’s behind some of the challenging behaviours and insecurities that play out.

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