Are you concerned about how media and technology use is affecting kids and teens?
Today everyone has questions about the healthy use of electronic devices. Parents wonder how much screen time is too much or at what age they should give their child a cell phone, and Mom and Dad often disagree about the rules. Parent-teacher organizations want to know what the experts recommend about laptops in schools or cell phone policies. With the World Health Organization’s announcement that Gaming Disorder will now be officially recognized, counselors and other medical professionals need tools for assessing and treating their clients. I provide presentations to parents, communities and professionals to help them understand and manage the challenges that arise from personal technology use. (I currently do not see individual families or clients. More information.)
Custom presentations include:
- Benefits and risks of screen activities
- Practical tips for parents to begin using at home
- At what age to allow smartphones and access to social media
- Expert guidelines for how much time, which apps or games
- Solutions for battles over screen time
- Warning signs for video game addiction
Custom presentations for your group
- Therapist Training and Counseling Association CEUs
- Medical Professionals: MDs, RNs, ARNPs
- Educators: Teachers, School Counselors, Administrators
- Legal and Justice Professionals
- PTAs & PTOs
- Church Groups
- Neighborhood Organizations
- Friends Potlucks
- Homeschool Co-ops
- Parent Education Seminars
- Moms Groups
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Learning Differences
Dr. Ann Steel has worked with parents, families and youth for over 30 years; as a family physician, an educator, and as a licensed mental health counselor. For the past eight years she has specialized in issues related to internet and video game use and spent three years as a therapist, assessment and diagnostic specialist at reSTART Life LLC in Fall City, WA. This was the first center in the nation to treat young adults with gaming addiction in a holistic, residential setting. Dr. Steel has appeared on television, radio and as a speaker in a variety of settings including national conferences, parent groups, counselor training, school districts and community programs. She is passionate about helping families find a healthy balance between the real and the virtual world.
What should I do if I think my teen has a video game addiction or technology dependence?
Screen time can affect your child’s attention problems, behavioral issues or mental health, and many parents worry about video game addiction. Take a look at the websites in my reading list for support, or I can speak at your small or large group gathering. If you are thinking about treatment, reSTART Life provides premier, local programs for youth and young adults.