One of the most common stressors for parents/caregivers in 2018 is managing their children's device or technology usage. This is true for all families, but particularly true for children with behavioural, social and emotional challenges. It can be particularly difficult for these families because:
These children are sometimes managing their distress/overload/stressors by using screens/devices/gaming to cope with life - and find it harder than other children to just "switch off"
Parents/caregivers of children with challenges are usually dealing with more stress than the average parent - and therefore find it especially hard to find the huge emotional resources required in managing tech use in their children.
Children with emotional/social/behavioural challenges are more likely to experience stronger than average frustration and disappointment - meaning turning screens off is even tougher for them
It's not surprising then that putting limits on these activities is extremely difficult for parents/caregivers AND children. Most parents understand they DO need to do this – but it’s one of the hardest issues they face.
Here are 10 ideas which may make this issue easier to manage for some families. Please note that I’ve listed these as “ideas”, not as “rules” – as not all of the points below will be useful or essential for all families.Read More