Listen to “The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Video Games — and How Parents Can Tell the Difference and Take Action” with Wes Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP and Ryan Sipes

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Wes Crenshaw and Ryan Sipes explain how to best manage video games.

In this episode:

  • How video games stimulate the ADHD brain
  • How the right games enhance learning, socialization, and critical thinking for kids with ADHD — and how the wrong ones impair those skills
  • How “micro-achievements” while gaming trick the brain into thinking it’s done something important and how that can keep kids with ADHD from actually doing important things
  • How to “gamify” daily activities to enhance positive outcomes for kids with ADHD
  • How to detect the differences between avid game play, habitual game play, and behavioral addiction
  • How to develop an “ethics manual” for all new devices in the home, and come to see screen time as a “dessert”

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Listener testimonials:

  • “Loved this podcast! It was a great overview. I would like to see more on this topic, including diving deeper into specific things discussed during the podcast. THANK YOU!!”
  • “Extremely informative, thank you for sharing that app about habits. I can’t wait to set it up with my son!”
  • “As a grandparent raising a 12 year old boy, I thank you giving me insight into the gaming world and how to manage gaming in our home. I learned a lot about the thrill of the game that has alluded me to this point.”

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