The digital media world is inevitably part of today's recreational activities of children. If you want or not. Whether television, computer, smartphone, and tablet, Nintendo, Internet or PlayStation: Children with ADHD syndrome seem much more susceptible to extreme media consumption than other children. These children, who often cannot concentrate, who are reluctant to read a book or play alone, are surprisingly busy for a long time with, for example, the computer or Nintendo busy. They manage to work on complex tasks or simply come to rest. The digital world seems to be particularly attractive for children with ADD / ADHD, as there are no social conflicts in the group, requirements can be determined and worked at their own pace. In addition, the child quickly learns personal success, since no automatic competition and performance situation arises.This can be a valuable experience for both children and family. It may even be said that many of these children have a special understanding of technical relationships, as well as striking skills and perseverance in their use. It is justified that the affinity of ADHD children to the media on a special day at the School (January 26, 2018) that the brain of an ADHD child was very absorb many stimuli at once and react immediately to everything around you. When using media, several processes basically alternate at the same time or at very short intervals: images, sounds, reactions to the child's actions, the many stimuli, reactions and actions seem to stimulate the brain of an ADHD child so that it can concentrate much better than other tasks and stay focused. Finally, the child is constantly rewarded, as it can respond to all stimuli, give an instruction to the device and immediately reactions - at best, successes - can record.Of course, these positive experiences can quickly lead to the child asking for media time and parents (understandably) being very grateful for the rest during that time. At all possible points, parents with hyperactive and low-concentration children are made aware that the use of modern media leads to overstimulation and concentration problems. That the modern media can be a cause for ADHD. Of course, it can be said that excessive media consumption is harmful to every child and adolescent. Dependence on the media, lack of exercise, overstimulation or disturbance in social behavior can occur with unchecked media consumption or even lead to media obsession. "Die Welt" has published an online article about "ADHD and media addiction".
To ban the use of media completely is certainly not a solution. Rather recommended is consciously deal with the topic and to use age-appropriate, meaningful media, to make firm agreements and above all to comply with them.
The special stamina and media skills may be helpful for some children when using Neurofeedback to treat ADHD. Handling Media Usage - Tips for Agreements
It is highly recommended to establish clear rules regarding media consumption early on and to adhere to them. Can be helpful: Defined and limited daily periods Fixed agreements Agreeing and completing tasks to be done before or after the media time Pay attention to age-appropriate games. Children with ADHD are often rather unstable emotionally, so an aggressive one. Hectic game or a movie with many battle scenes not necessarily beneficial Depending on the age in the evening on media such as Smartphone, PlayStation, etc. waive. Especially with older schoolchildren, the smartphone-free evening time is important because otherwise even sleep disorders can occurPay attention to free games, sports, friends and / or reading time - keep in balance with media consumption A tip: children can "work out" their media time, e.g. done homework, free play, athletic activity, outdoors activity, A contract between child and parent can be helpful. In this, e.g. The daily media time should be agreed, taking into account the daily school requirements or the weekend, planned leisure activities, desired television program, ... The children are often able to formulate the agreement on media consumption itself. Role model parents Although parents occasionally question their media consumption as role models for their children, this is certainly conducive to making agreements easier to accept by the children. Family Guide: Media Usage - The right measure in everyday lifeThe Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth provides good assistance to find the right level of media use in everyday life.But exceptions often confirm the rule, because if the media time helps a hyperactive child to rest, stress situations in the family are relieved or media can be used to support learning support, then this perspective can certainly also be considered in the determination of the agreements , But everything in moderation.
For many children, the latest games for the game console are at the top of the wish list. You, as a parent, are faced with deciding whether to buy these games or not. In dealing with the new media, they bear a lot of responsibility for their child. With this report, I would like to help you to make a more informed decision, as countless studies have shown that a differentiated approach to this topic is worthwhile for the benefit of the child.
What the stomach is for digestion, eyes for vision and legs for movement is our brain for learning. The human brain is always learning, it cannot help it. Everything that is offered to him is processed. During learning, neural connections and tracks are formed in the brain that represent what has just happened. The more often we practice something, the stronger these connections become. This means that something is learned during the game as well. The question arises, what will be learned and how useful is the learned? In almost all computer games, it's about gaining as many points as possible to reach a higher level. It is important to react at lightning speed. This is exactly what our brain learns during gambling - lightning-fast, reflex-like reaction. Mostly, the children learn this reaction extremely fast and well, because all the necessary conditions for an optimal transfer are given. The learning happens colorful, moving, funny, playful and interactive. It is well known from brain research that learning is easy when one enjoys the content offered. The ability to respond lightning-fast is now practiced and perfected daily in many children. ADHD - Children thus learn something that already causes them many problems in everyday life, because it reinforces their lack of impulse control. The rapid response is of little use to them, the opposite is the case. It takes a lot of patience to learn, new material has to be developed, vocabulary needs practice, finding solutions requires perseverance and examinations require self-discipline in order to check the processed tasks once again for possible mistakes. Thinking calmly, delving into one thing, patiently working out a solution, weighing up against one another, deciding and staying focused are competences that promise successful learning? Fast computer games promote impatience and increase the weakness of ADHD sufferers to adequately inhibit their impulses. Many may now say, "But in times of need, it's important to respond quickly - so my child practices during emergency situations!" This skill does not have to be trained, it's innate. We are capable of responding as fast as the situation demands. Therefore, there is still little talk for the game, because even in emergency situations, it is important to keep track and then act. ADHD children often react too quickly even in dangerous situations. The lack of impulse control is considered the main cause of the frequent accidents of these children. The fast reacting in the three-dimensional world children do not learn in the two-dimensional world of the game. The spatial dimension is excluded, which can have dire consequences in traffic. Another important point about computer games is the relation between time and effort. During a computer game everything happens extremely fast and the happening is temporally very compressed. A sense of timing cannot be developed. For children with ADHD, who often live in the here and now and have trouble with time management, computer games are therefore less conducive. Doing homework for half an hour can be an eternity for the children. Reading a book, letting your imagination run wild and developing a good feeling will take too long for most people. In the computer game, great distances or a certain status are reached in no time, the normal life is quickly empty and boring. Everything is much slower and more laborious than in the virtual world - your own life can quickly seem monotonous. If one observes an ADHD child during the gambling, one usually sees it highly concentrated. The fast feedbacks in the game increasingly released the "happiness hormone" dopamine in the brain. This triggers the child's joy and well-being, making it susceptible to computer addiction! The children learn to feel well only when quickly many stimuli must be processed. School services often suffer more, because the school does not provide this sensory overload. The kids find the school incredibly hard, everything is so boring because the brain has learned during the gambling that this is the only thing that is really fun. Due to the poor school performance it comes to even more frustration during learning and the desire for Gaming increases, because somewhere everyone wants to be successful - thus the vicious circle takes its course now. The statements show that gaming aggravates the problem of ADHD children. Rethinking and adjusting your child's consumption can positively influence a course of therapy and optimize treatment. Especially with older children, it is important that they can justify their actions. Make yourself knowledgeable and confident in your own attitude!
Here are some tips:
After a learning phase, no screen should be switched on for at least 30 minutes - otherwise what is learned will not be saved as desired.
Take responsibility for what your child plays and how long it plays.
Depending on your age, do not play for more than 30 - 60 minutes a day and not before you enter the school (the time limit applies to TV, DVD, Internet + gaming together!)
Determine the content and do not rely on the age limits (they were not created by an ethics committee, but by the producers themselves)
Choose video games where the kids get to a higher level or earn points by thinking, not just by reacting lightning fast (for example, strategy games, simulators, puzzlers) Accompany your children temporarily while playing Trust is good, control is better. See what the child has installed on their PC or mobile phone or what games are on the shelf. Playing is extremely important to your child's development, giving him the opportunity to play with peers in the real world. Rely on common sense and assert yourself! Gaming belongs to our time and the use of computers has become indispensable. However, as a parent, they can help alleviate the symptoms of ADHD by being reasonably treated. A very good alternative can be board and role playing games. These allow the same feelings of success, but promote creativity and the ability to solve problems. Furthermore, these games require social interaction and skills and incidentally develop momentum control. The consequences of one's own actions are more real and require planning and far-sighted thinking. A well-dosed handling of the virtual world can, in addition to other measures such. Learning coaching is a crucial step for your AD (H) S-affected child.