Saturday, March 16, 2013

Overstimulated and isolated and sedentary

What are three of the most destructive consequences of technology over use by children and teens on the autism spectrum? They are sedentary rather than active. They are isolated rather than connected to their peers. They are overstimulated - the interaction with tech stimuates the release of the feel good brain chemical, dopamine. Dopamine creates a drug like high which eliminates any motivation to unplug and get connected. The solution? Set strict time limits - no more than 60 minutes of screen time per day! Very tough at first, but well worth e effort.

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