Mobile and online gaming have grown to be an integrated part of our everyday lives. It is a great way to relax after a long day, stay in contact with friends from all over the world, and can be used to learn new skills such as languages or math skills. These mobile applications are great, but like most things, they should be enjoyed in moderation. How does one control their use when games are coming out daily with new features and enhanced graphics? This question is important for parents and children with ADHD. Children and adults with ADHD have the power to is hyperfocus when it comes to enjoyable, high-stimuli activities such as video games or watching tv. However, studies are now showing that hyper-focusing on games like PUBG, Fortnite, or Call of Duty can negatively affect concentration levels and development. It is important that parents take note of their children’s game use to help prevent negative effects on executive function.
Executive function is the set of mental functions that allow us to focus, organize, plan, prioritize, and control impulsive behaviors. It is important to offer alternative activities that can help stimulate the brain in a positive way. Engaging in sports, creating art, exploring outdoors, or working on puzzles can help with concentration levels and offer fun alternatives from staying indoors and getting lost in a screen. So, power down and you can learn to concentrate more!
Not all screen time is created equal. It is important to evaluate the screen activities both you and your child are engaged in. Play Attention is an example of positive screen time.
If you or your child are experiencing difficulty concentrating or difficulty with other ADHD symptoms, Play Attention is here for you! We integrate NASA Inspired Technology, cognitive skill training, and behavior shaping to strengthen executive function.
By strengthening your executive function, you are developing skills that help you succeed in all aspects of your life. You will learn how to take that ability to hyperfocus and apply it in a positive way. You can direct it toward office work, homework or whatever demands your full attention. Click here to schedule your 1:1 consultation and learn how Play Attention will ensure a successful future! 800-788-6786