Too much early screen time leads to disabilities

Educational Psychologist Jane Healy, PhD, shares advice for parents on how recent research shows that too much early screen time can lead to learning disabilities in kids
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Too much early screen time leads to disabilities

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The research is pretty clear now that too much early screen time can contribute to learning disabilities. They might be disabilities of attention. They might be disabilities involving the language system, such as, reading difficulties. I think the bottom line here for parents is, as this research keeps coming in that they really monitor and limit the amount of screen time that preschoolers have. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time for children under age two, and only and hour a day -- that includes video games, TV and computers. That doesn't seem like very much in this day and age, but if you want your child to be a good student, this is an area where you may have to step in and say, "I believe this and I'm going to follow these guidelines."

Educational Psychologist Jane Healy, PhD, shares advice for parents on how recent research shows that too much early screen time can lead to learning disabilities in kids

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Jane M. Healy, PhD

Educational Psychologist

Jane Healy is a teacher and educational psychologist who has worked with all ages from pre-school to graduate school.  Her major research interest has been in finding practical applications of current brain research for teachers and parents.  A graduate of Smith College, she holds a MA from John Carroll University, a PhD from Case Western Reserve University, and post-doctoral work in developmental neuropsychology.  She has served on the faculty of Cleveland State University. Her many years of experience include: parent, classroom teacher, reading/learning specialist, elementary administrator, and clinician.  She is recognized internationally as an author, lecturer, and consultant. She has received international media coverage, including Nightline, Good Morning America, the Today Show, CNN and NPR, for her ideas about the impact of technology, media and culture on children's brain development and learning.

Although Jane has received many honors, including being twice named the "Educator of the Year" by Delta Kappa Gamma, she claims that she and her husband have learned most of what they know from the process of raising three sons (and now their six grandchildren).

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