Addicted to iPad
Posted July 18, 2014
My grandson who is 13 years old has been using an iPad for about two years. Now he has gotten so into it, especially YouTube, that he gets over-stimulated to the point where he cannot relax. We are looking for a behavior program but we live in a rural area with few services.
Answered: August 12, 2014 by Dr. Sidney Baker
Negative responses often help us learn more about our kids' options than positive responses. What have you learned? Simply that the device – or the content he has found – has a powerful effect. It is very likely that – just as with diets, medication, and other interventions – a different dose or a different way of using the iPad could be just as powerful in a positive way.
I suggest that you consider checking out 13 Best Autism Apps for the iPad by Michael A. Prospero to see ways that iPad apps can be very interesting and helpful to kids.
As for a behavior program, it’s hard for me to know just what you have in mind. Whatever program you might find would benefit your grandson only to the extent that the therapist really sees him, understands him, and loves him. When I say “see” I mean seeing his strengths and helping him build on them. When I say that, I open a door for you to see his strengths and try various activities that might help you discover strengths you have not yet been able to notice.
Music? Dance? Gymnastics? Horseback riding? Something that engages him and occupies his whole body and imagination in ways that staring at YouTube does not. Something that will help him see himself in a new way and give him self-confidence.
A note to other parents and grandparents: please let us know your positive experiences with iPad and other electronic devices.
All the best
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