Clifford Sussman, MD (Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist, Internet and Gaming Addiction Specialist, Volunteer Clinical Faculty, George Washington University) discusses specific considerations for parents of neurodiverse children with problematic internet use issues at #AskTheExperts webinar “Screen Extremes: Children and Digital Addictions” on August 31, 2023.
[Dr. Clifford Sussman] I work with a lot of kids in the autism spectrum in my practice. So, you know, and they perhaps- they need may not be as independent as other kids- or as neurotypical kids of the same age. So the more predictable things are to them, the better. Sometimes even a five minute warning prior to a block ending can prevent aggression or a power struggle, so these are some of the interventions that are really good for autism and I think that also just preventing power struggles in general is really key.
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Many children and teens spend several hours daily on screens for entertainment. When does heavy use of digital media turn into an addiction, and what can parents do?
Marc N. Potenza, MD, PhD
Albert E. Kent Professor of Psychiatry, Director
Naomi Fineberg, MBBS, MA, MRCPsych
Professor of Psychiatry; Consultant Psychiatrist
Jason Nagata, MD, MSc
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Clifford Sussman, MD
Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist; Internet and Gaming Addiction Specialist; Volunteer Clinical Faculty
Video gaming addiction speaker, author, and coach; Family Coach