Average screen time per child has risen 2.5 hours per day in the last decade — while the rates of ADHD, depression, suicidality, and anxiety also continue to rise.
Children have been cooped up indoors with screens for far too long.
Buzzing, pinging and gasping for attention… tablets, phones, and video games are interfering with the development and emotional well-being of today’s youth.
And young people are throwing fits when their parents take away their screens.
We need more professionals prepared to guide this digital generation.
Be the expert to guide these struggling families.
Register today for instant access to our online course: Certification Course in Tech Addiction, Digital Health, and Distracted and Disorganized Kids in a Digital Generation and become a Certified Digital Health and Wellness Level 1 Professional (CDHWP) within days!
Join Nicholas Kardaras, Ph.D., LCSW-R and Aubrey Schmalle, OTR/L, SIPT, in this online course that will present you with the most effective tools, strategies and techniques you need to help children, adolescents, young adults and families hijacked by technology addiction and overuse...
In this completely self-paced course, we’ll show you how to help children with ADHD, autism, mental health disorders, and related issues find more opportunities for multi-sensory integration — increasing attention and enhancing brain development!
Best of all, completion of this training meets the educational requirements should you choose to apply to become a Certified Digital Health and Wellness Level 1 Professional (CDHWP) through the National Institute for Digital Health and Wellness (NIDHW).
To learn more about how you can apply for CDHWP certification and distinguish yourself from other professionals, visit www.nidhw.org.
Finish feeling prepared and confident in your ability to lead young people hijacked by tech overuse on the path to a better life!
& Implement Sensory Smart Movement
Help your young clients detox from their devices, find healthier coping skills, and discover an exciting and meaningful world — in real life, not on a screen.
Register today and you’ll get instant access to over 14 hours of expert instructive commentary on digital health and wellness tools that will transform your patient outcomes.
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- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Vision, auditory, vestibular, and more considerations for:
- Dyslexia and dysgraphia
- Non-identified but digitally impacted children
- 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
- The origins of “Indoor Children”
- Difference between passive TV viewing and immersive/interactive modern screen experiences
- 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
- 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
- Assessment tools
- The difference between “overuse” and “addiction”
- A comparison with substance addiction assessment
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Learn interventions and strategies to handle:
- Mood-dysregulated thirteen-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 hours 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
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
Buzzing, pinging and grasping for our attention, our phones and screens can cause significant distress, as we lose touch with reality and the importance of self-care and emotional well-being.
Take advantage of the 56 practices inside to detox from your devices, feel rejuvenated, find healthier coping skills, and embrace the present moment.
Detox: Practices to help you dump your devices, simplify and soar!
De-stress: Learn to relax instead of letting social media and FOMO (fear of missing out) stress you out.
Distract: Instead of turning to your devices for comfort, practice new coping skills.
Discover: An amazing, meaningful world unfolds when you take your eyes off the screen!
Young people are living their lives in front of screens.
And parents are struggling to enforce screen time rules and boundaries with their children.
But great changes happen for families when they learn how to apply these interventions — be the expert they need today!
In working with children, we must understand the unique impacts that screen time has on young people — particularly those with ADHD, dyslexia, learning disabilities and autism.
Discover exactly what you need to apply digital health and wellness solutions and strategies in your daily work with children and families – and then use those tools again and again, because this training material is all yours for LIFE.
Become a Certified Digital Health and Wellness Level 1 Professional (CDHWP) and let clients, students, parents, and peers know that you have the training to provide the tools and strategies that will improve clinical outcomes for individuals who are overusing technology.
- Build your clientele — Get listed in a National Provider Directory that will allow clients to find you — easily. Showcase your ability to provide safe and effective strategies so you can work with kids hijacked by tech addiction.
- Distinguish yourself from your peers — Increase your opportunities for career advancement, earning potential, and client growth by displaying your certification — a personal accomplishment you can be proud of AND an unbiased barometer of your skills.
- Ensure trust — Assure clients that you have the expertise and necessary to help them as you become the go-to resource on the rapidly growing issue of tech addiction and digital health.
*Professional standards apply. To learn more about how you can apply for CDHWP certification and distinguish yourself from other professionals, visit www.nidhw.org.
Aubrey Schmalle, OTR/L, SIPT, Certified Tomatis Consultant is an occupational therapist providing advanced clinical evaluation and intervention in the area of sensory integration and learning. She graduated from Boston University in 2003 with a bachelor’s in occupational therapy and continued to advance her clinical knowledge through self-study, mentorship, certification in sensory integration theory and practice, certification in the Tomatis method and Tomatis-based auditory interventions.
She possesses advanced knowledge in visual-vestibular integration treatment techniques, treatment of postural-ocular and functional visual skill deficits, and intervention to address sensory-motor-perceptual factors contributing to dyslexia and dysgraphia.
In 2015, she authored The Body Activated Learning Handbook and continues to develop programming, educational supports, and trainings for educators and related service professionals based on the Body Activated Learning™ approach. She currently presents to educators, therapists, and nurses on the impact of sensory processing on learning and development and helps them optimize classroom and treatment strategies to support a neurologically diverse generation using Body Activated Learning™.
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Financial: Aubrey Schmalle is the owner of Sensational Achievements, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Aubrey Schmalle is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association; and the Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association.
Nicholas Kardaras, Ph.D., LCSW-R, is a best-selling author, internationally renowned speaker and an expert on mental health, addiction, and the impacts of our digital age. He has developed clinical treatment programs all over the country and is the founder and chief clinical officer of Maui Recovery in Hawaii, Omega Recovery in Austin and the Launch House in New York.
Dr. Kardaras is a former clinical professor at Stony Brook Medicine where he specialized in teaching the neurophysiology and treatment of addiction. He has also taught neuropsychology at the doctoral-level and has worked closely in developing clinical protocols with Dr. Howard Shaffer, associate professor at Harvard Medical School and the director of their Division of Addiction.
Considered a leading expert on young people and digital addiction, he has clinically worked with over 2,000 teens and young adults over the last 18 years and has been active in advocating that screen addiction be recognized as a clinical disorder akin to substance addiction. Dr. Kardaras is also a founding charter member of the not-for-profit National Institute for Digital Health and Wellness (NIDHW), which is an affiliate organization of the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy (NISLAPP) in Washington, D.C.
Click here for information about Nicholas Kardaras
Financial: Nicholas Kardaras maintains a private practice. He is the CEO/Chief Clinical Officer for Omega Healthcare Group. Dr. Kardaras receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Nicholas Kardaras sits as a board member for the National Institute of Digital Health.
By completing this advanced skills training, you will not just become a Certified Digital Health and Wellness Professional, you’ll also end this course with knowledge of how to:
- Assess for the various types of tech addiction to determine if someone’s screen time use is problematic.
- Determine clients’ digital and sensory-learning profiles to provide custom and individualized treatment plans.
- Identify the neurological, dopaminergic, and hormonal/adrenal impact of screen time on children, adolescents and young adults.
- Understand how tech addiction can impact pre-existing mental health disorders and vice versa.
- Learn new ways to help children with ADHD, autism, motor issues, and sensory processing issues increase attention and enhance brain development.
- Develop interventions rooted in mindfulness, narrative work, experiential therapy and immersive nature therapy, offering more opportunities for multi-sensory integration.
- Support clients with “digital detox” plans to address self-destructive behavior and aid in tech addiction recovery.
- Teach clients healthy self-regulation skills and rebalance the brain-body connection with a number of opportunities including diet, exercise, time in nature, meditation.
- Set up homes, classrooms and therapy offices to give children more opportunities for multi-sensory integration.
- Address sensory imbalances with easy-to-learn exercises, and so much more!