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Tech Addiction & Digital Health in Children, Adolescents & Young Adults: Level 1 Certification for Clinicians & Educators

Program Information


  1. Formulate the neurological, dopaminergic, and hormonal/adrenal impact of screen time on children, adolescents and young adults.
  2. Analyze the emerging research related to behavioral interventions for technology overuse.
  3. Designate how tech overuse can impact pre-existing mental health disorders
  4. Assess for problem screen usage, stressors and triggers and help client/student develop healthy regulation skills.
  5. Debate the pedagogical impact of “Education Technology” and use of screens in the classroom.
  6. Utilize strategies for parents/caregivers to work with problem screen usage within the home including boundaries, discipline and communication.
  7. Integrate interventions rooted in mindfulness, narrative and archetype work, experiential therapy and immersive nature therapy to help clients/students better regulate screen use. 


The Origins of Screen Culture

  • The origins of “Indoor Children”
  • Difference between passive TV viewing and immersive/interactive modern screen experiences
Neurological Impacts of Technology Overuse
  • The role of dopamine in addiction
  • The dopaminergic effects of screens on the brain
  • A view of screens as “digital drugs”
  • Brain imaging research and the effects on the frontal cortex
  • Hormonal impacts of tech overuse
Clinical Research: Technology Overuse Impact On:
  • Depression and social media
  • ADHD and screen-time
  • Anxiety and screen-time
  • Thought disorders and video games as well as “sensory overload”
  • Increased aggression and video games
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks
Assessments and Observational Tools
  • Assessment tools
  • The difference between “overuse” and “addiction”
  • A comparison with substance addiction assessment
Treatment Interventions for Tech Overuse
  • Not all tech addiction is the same
  • Specific digital usage problem, stressors, triggers
  • Underlying and co-morbid issues
  • Residential vs. outpatient treatment: Pros and cons
  • How to implement a “Digital Detox”
  • Importance of nature, meditation and exercise
Technology in the Classroom: Pedagogical Impacts of Screen Time
  • Research on educational outcomes of classroom technology
  • Phones in the classroom and standardized test scores
  • Screens in the classroom and impact on reading and comprehension
  • Comparisons of “Low Tech” schools and one-to-one screen schools
  • Ed Tech: a $60 billion annual industry
  • The Los Angeles “iPad Fiasco” and the Amplify initiative by Rupert Murdoch
Working with Families and the Family Dynamic
  • Validate that the issues harming families are indeed real
  • Address dysfunction contributing to the problem
  • Family psychoeducation
  • ”Family Intervention Plan”: The solution needs to be a collective one
”Mindful Digital Usage”: How to Reintegrate Back into Healthy Tech Usage
  • Individualized digital “re-entry” plan: Hands-on activity
  • Help the child to identify healthier “Digital Vegetables” vs. “Digital Candy”
  • Measure progress and what to do if there is a setback
Case Study Review
  • Learn interventions and strategies to handle:
    • Mood-dysregulated 13 year old male, Dx Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED)
    • Violent adolescent male, Dx ADHD and conduct disorder, video gamer, school refusal, assaults parents
    • Suicidal adolescent female, Dx depression, disordered eating and self-injurious behavior, social media platforms 8-10 hrs a day
    • Twenty-five-year-old graduate student, very politically-interested, stays up all night “hyper-link” surfing, hears voices, paranoid
    • Social-media obsessed mom, neglects young children, marriage is suffering, children acting out

Copyright : 06/23/2020

Distracted and Disorganized Kids in a Digital Generation: Techniques to Influence Neuroplasticity, Manage Screen Time & Implement Sensory Smart Movement

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  1. Determine at least 3 generational challenges impacting neurosensory development in a digital generation of learners.
  2. Evaluate the role of sensory triads in adaptive behavioral and motor responses.
  3. Design a treatment plan outline to support state regulation and the brain-body connection while promoting recovery from screen time and skill demands.
  4. Apply clinical reasoning to guide treatment-based on neurosensory patterns of children with ADHD, LD, and Autism.
  5. Prepare 4-5 strategies immediately to empower this generation of learners while optimizing intervention and support strategies.
  6. Integrate a school-wide model for empowering a digital generation.


4 D’s of a Digital Generation: Distraction, Disorganization, Dysregulation, and Digital Dementia

  • The speed of digital information verses the speed of neurodevelopment
  • Growing impact of technology on learning and behavior
  • Specific challenges for children with learning, processing, and attention deficits
Rebalance the Brain-Body Connection
  • Role of the senses in self-regulation, perception, and adaptive response patterns
  • Sensory Imbalances: Overusing vision in a screen-based world
  • Impact of weak links in sensory triads on learning and behavior
  • Influence physiology to reduce disorganization and dysregulation
  • Rebalance through controlled activation of multiple senses
A Powerful New Framework: Body Activated Learning™
  • 3 Phase Approach: Optimize, activate, and regroup
  • Optimize connection to the body through energizing or calming movement
  • Activate the brain-body connection using sensory triads and vision exercises
  • Regroup from screen-based and sedentary learning tasks triggering visual and body fatigue
  • Experiential learning
Activate and Digitally Interactive Treatment Strategies
  • Determine a child’s digital and sensory-learning profile
  • Building Sensational self-awareness to engage and empower learners
  • Proactive activities to support regulation and cognition
  • Embedding regrouping opportunities to recover from dysregulation and overload
  • Technology as a tool to support the brain-body connection
  • Case studies, videos, and interactive learning
Influencing Neuroplasticity: Techniques to Balance Technology and Sensory Smart Movement
  • Vision, auditory, vestibular, and more considerations for:
    • ADHD
    • Autism
    • Dyslexia and dysgraphia
    • Non-identified but digitally impacted children
Attacking Digital Dementia and Disorganization from the Inside Out
  • Educate parents and schools
  • Play and learning vs “Done for You” Technology
  • Visualization vs videos and Playstation
  • Creation vs consumption: Interactive learning in a digital age
  • Remediation vs accommodation
Contagious Mindsets: Collaborate to Empower a Digital Generation
  • Integrated support strategies: Use body activated learning within an RTI model
    • Whole class intervention and universal design
    • Small group instruction, social groups, and morning movement opportunities
    • Individualized supports
  • Teach to learn: Modeling and cross-training for Paraprofessionals
  • Planning materials and resources for collaborative intervention
    • Classroom set-up and sensory smart routines
    • Merging sensory diets, sensory strategies, multisensory learning, and brain breaks
    • Empowering conversations with children

Copyright : 12/12/2019

BONUS | Telehealth for Children and Families: Strategies to Balance Digital Learning and Sensory Smart Movement

Telehealth challenges therapists to adapt their intervention approaches and seek out new ways to promote skill development while collaborating with parents in their home environment.

This program provides a unique solution to meeting the needs of a digital generation of learners. Learn how to balance technology with sensory smart movement to optimize treatment outcomes using a 3 Phase Approach:

  • Self-Regulation for focus
  • Activate the senses for learning
  • Regroup from screen-based learning demands

Program Information


  1. Summarize the 3 key factors to optimizing telehealth sessions 
  2. Design a treatment plan outline to support state regulation and the brain-body connection while promoting recovery from screen time and skill demands. 
  3. Utilize appropriate coding for reimbursement and compliance  


Prepare and Be Present 

  • Shifting from direct service to facilitated therapy and coaching 
  • Internalizing the challenges and opportunities when collaborating with parents 

Strategic Planning for Improved Treatment Outcomes and Carryover  

  • A 3-phase approach using Body Activated LearningTM 
  • Balancing technology with sensory smart movement 

Collaboration Techniques for Empowering Parents 

  • Promoting a therapeutic alliance through preparation 
  • Guiding parents to stay present and connected 
  • Effective parent communication to enhance therapeutic value 

Following Informed Billing practices and Payer expectations for pediatric telehealth 

  • Identify payor differences in coding and their impact on treatment planning 
  • Considerations and opportunities for school-based telehealth 

Copyright : 05/04/2020