Nov 2nd, 2016
Weekly Chatter
Dear members,

We encourage you to take advantage of this information as a helpful resource to your patients and their parents. Feel free to 
post it in your newsletter, on your practice website, and/or on your Facebook page. We aim to send you updates periodically for this purpose.

We are grateful for your continued membership and support!

Have a terrific day!

Parents' Tech Use May Have Negative Effect on Family Life
In a recent study, participants reported feeling " overloaded and exhausted from being pulled in so many different directions" since  smartphones and tablets often
blur the lines between work, home and social lives.

How can parents find balance?

Researchers suggest s etting boundaries by creating a family plan that includes unplugged spaces or times of day and t racking your mobile use.

The following resources offer additional helpful information for parents on healthy technology use within the family setting.
Study Links Lack of Sleep to Obesity in Preschoolers
About 30% of preschoolers do not get enough sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation and the results of a new study suggest that preschoolers who do not get enough sleep are more likely to be obese as a child and later in life. Childhood obesity increases a child's risk of acquiring diabetes and is associated with low self-esteem and depression.

What can you do as a parent to prevent obesity and make sure your child gets adequate sleep?
  • Have a regular bedtime routine & enforce a reasonable "light out" time
  • Limit fast food and serve vegetables and fruit at meals and snacks daily 
For more information, check out the following resources:
ADHD on the Rise
According to a trending study conducted by the Microsoft Corporation, the average humans' attention span has dropped to lower than that of a goldfish and researchers believe that rampant, excessive use of technology is to blame. 
Especially of concern is how these changes are affecting children with ADHD.

If you suspect that your child has attention problems, check out the ACPeds handout: The Innatentive Child

Have helpful advice for parents or you'd like to share a personal anecdote? Please email us!

We'd love to hear from you and hope to receive your feedback! 


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