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Is this video game addiction unhealthy behavior or good training for future air force careers?

Is this video game addiction unhealthy behavior or good training for future air force careers?

Yes: All addiction is unhealthy; however, spending a lot of time playing video games is not neccesarily bad unless it is leading to predictably negative consequences in your life.. A former patient of mine who spent a lot of time on games, got a job working for a games development company getting the kinks out. If there are negative consequences, counseling may be appropriate. ...Read more

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Is video game entertainment necessary for human development?

Is video game entertainment necessary for human development?

No: We have developed normally for thousdands of years before video games were developed. If you don't want your kids to play them, make that the rule of your home. ...Read more

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How long is the typical attention span for sitting and doing completing activity (e.G., reading or writing) of a 5-year old boy?

How long is the typical attention span for sitting and doing completing activity (e.G., reading or writing) of a 5-year old boy?

Depends on the boy: For some 5-10 minutes. For others 30+ minutes when it interests them. Boys tend to be more physically active than girls and tend not to sit still for extended periods of time especially if bored. This question has to be answered in the context of what this child is doing when and where and what is the goal to be accomplished. Is this s a problem at school? Home? Etc. ...Read more

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Could someone with inattentive add survive medical school? I am smart, not hyperactive, a licensed pilot, very creative and quick thinking, but only decent at focusing and completing tasks on time.

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Could someone with inattentive add survive medical school? I am smart, not hyperactive, a licensed pilot, very creative and quick thinking, but only decent at focusing and completing tasks on time.

Yes: If you have an aptitude for it, add should not hold you back; i had several classmates with a diagnosis of add, with symptoms controlled with medication. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is acmas programs really beneficial for kids brain and learning abilities ?

Is acmas programs really beneficial for kids brain and learning abilities ?

I did a search: On yahoo and no relevant programs turned up. In general neuro cognitive training has limited short term benefits but people who are promoting this are trying to sell this to insurance agencies, the government and to general public to ask them to pay for these training programs which have questionable long term benefits. ...Read more

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Why is ADHD counted as a learning disability in schools?

Why is ADHD counted as a learning disability in schools?

It isn't. 70% of : cases of ADHD have one or more comorbid neurodevelopmental or psychiatric disorder. ADHD is an "Other Health Impairment" eligible for classroom modifications under Section 504 of the ADA. 3-tiered Response To Intervention is for kids with lower & slower academic progress. Evaluation for an Individualized Educational Plan under IDEA determines needed changes in curriculum when RTI doesn't help ...Read more

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Occupational therapy for 12 year old with nvld. Very intelligent adult size boy who memorizes rather than writing due to difficulty writing?

Occupational therapy for 12 year old with nvld.  Very intelligent adult size boy who memorizes rather than writing due to difficulty writing?

May not help much: Occupational therapy can help people with fine motor control problems such as the ability to write, type, or otherwise use the hands, wrists, arms. If a child's brain is different, causing him difficulty in dealing with ideas, words, phrases, sentences, etc..., then it is not a motor skill problem, and may not benefit much from o.T. It may be worth a brief try, to see if there is improvement. ...Read more

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Does a speech and language delay effect kids in terms of pretend play?

Does a speech and language delay effect kids in terms of pretend play?

It shouldn't impact: representational play, using one environmental object to represent another.A 12-mo.-old feeds, rocks or "reads to" a doll or stuffed animal. A 16-mo.-old sets a table with play dishes or "blows out" birthday candles on a plastic cake. Use developmental screens & M-CHAT on firstsigns.org. Share results with your pediatrician & Early Intervention Program Speech/Language therapist to get an answer. ...Read more

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Is there an addiction or disorder for people who watch anime excessively or play video games frequently? Watching free stream anime online 6-12 hours every day even digging into hentai for the absence of intimacy. And online using video games for social n

Is there an addiction or disorder for people who watch anime excessively or play video games frequently? Watching free stream anime online 6-12 hours every day even digging into hentai for the absence of intimacy. And online using video games for social n

Yes: Online addictions, whether for action games, online porn, chatrooms or many other activities can be serious and damaging to quality of life. Many addiction programs have now started special programs for those with these kinds of problems (called 'process' addictions). They sometimes reflect another underlying psychiatric problem, sometimes not. See an addiction specialist (aaap.Org or asam.Org). ...Read more

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Is autistic child able to grow into math genius?

Is autistic child able to grow into math genius?

Yes: If the teachers have a structured curiculum with the ability to be firm. Many austistic kids are "visual" learnerss. Avoiding long verbal instructions is diffucult. Reading with phonics. Autism is not an intellectual deficit-in fact nonverbal intelligence can be quite high. ...Read more

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Could a speech and language delay effect a child in terms of pretend play?

Could a speech and language delay effect a child in terms of pretend play?

Not necessarily: Children are very reislient and adaptive. Pretend play will simply be more nonverbal in this case. Pretend play can also be an outlet for frustration...Encourage the play, read to your child, and hopefully with a known delay there is therapy to help improve the delay... ...Read more

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My 12 yr. Old son falls asleep doing schoolwork, homework, and chores; but is alert when watching t.V. Or playing video games, is this adhd?

My 12 yr. Old son falls asleep doing schoolwork, homework, and chores; but is alert when watching t.V. Or playing video games, is this adhd?

Maybe: Tv and video games are geared for a 4 second attention span. Most 2 year olds have longer attention spans than that. The 4 second attention span keeps your son alert via a neural reflex. It also lowers his attention span for the real world. Research states of those who watch 1 hour a day 9% will lower their attention span to add levels. 2 hours lowers 18% and 3 hrs 27%. Limit both to 45 min/day. ...Read more

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What is the best possible way for a college student to juggle school, work, extracurricular act., volunteering, and social/family life all in one?

What is the best possible way for a college student to juggle school, work, extracurricular act., volunteering, and social/family life all in one?

Take it from Clint: One of Clint Eastwood's great lines is from the 1970's movie Magnum Force. At the end of the movie, just after his character Dirty Harry has taken out the last bad guy, he says, "A man's got to know his limitations." This applies to women as well. Also, be sure to plan well ahead, use a calendar all the time, and keep a buffer of time in case something takes longer than expected. ...Read more

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Will signing up my child for martial arts lessons give him more discipline?

Will signing up my child for martial arts lessons give him more discipline?

Absolutely!: I'm glad you posted this question...Having studied martial arts myself and having enrolled my son in the study as well. 'studying' imparts not only self-discipline but confidence and self esteem as well; and can be great in potentially dealing with "bullies". The only warning would be the demeanor of the sensei(or teacher); your child needs to 'fit' with him/her so meet with first and decide. ...Read more

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Lose focus when people talk, hard to start/finish tasks and stud, disorganized, low grades, poor social skills, anxiety. Just lazy/antisocial or add?

Lose focus when people talk, hard to start/finish tasks and stud, disorganized, low grades, poor social skills, anxiety. Just lazy/antisocial or add?

Attention deficit: Many of the symptoms you describe are an adhd presentation, but you also report anxiety. I would encourage you to consult your physician and also get a referral for a psychological evaluation for diagnosis and treatment planning. ...Read more

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Hi, can brain training web games (eg lumosity.Com) be harmful to kids above 3 years? Kids seem to love playing it - but is there any side-effect?

Hi, 
can brain training web games (eg lumosity.Com) be harmful to kids above 3 years? Kids seem to love playing it - but is there any side-effect?

Above three?: Do you mean above or below the age of three? Recent studies suggest that children under the age of two, really do not benefit from any video electronics. They can be too overstimulating. All children's tv programming should be limited to no more than one hour per day. I do not believe in having a tv in a child's room. You are not doing your kids a favor by exposing them too early to media. ...Read more

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Is playing video games bad for a person's hands and brain?

Is playing video games bad for a person's hands and brain?

No negative data: There is no data to show negative effects. On the other hand eye hand coordination has been shown to improve. Video games are being used in the brain injury rehabilitation field. ...Read more