On this week’s “You’ve Got This,” I talk with Dr. Nicole Beurkens about how to manage devices and kids. A unique combination of psychologist, nutritionist, and special educator, Nicole has 22 years of experience supporting children, young adults and families. She is an expert in evaluating and treating a wide range of learning, mood, and behavior challenges including ADHD, autism, anxiety, mood disorders, brain injury, and sensory processing disorder. Nicole holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, master’s degrees in Special Education and Nutrition, and is a Board Certified Nutrition Specialist. She is the founder and director of Horizons Developmental Resource Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she leads a multidisciplinary team dedicated to exceptional evaluation and integrative treatment services, research on innovative treatment protocols, and professional training on best practices. She is a highly sought-after international consultant and speaker, award-winning therapist, published researcher, and best-selling author. Her work has been highlighted in numerous publications, and she’s an expert media source. When she isn’t working, Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband and four children.
“I think one of the challenges is we’re the first generation of parents raising kids in this 24/7 constantly connected culture of devices all the time, and so we don’t really have a model to look at in terms of how do we manage use of devices for ourselves as adults and for our kids,” Nicole said. “It’s one big experiment right now and it’s a huge question that parents have on their minds is how to manage the screen time piece and how this is impacting their kids.”
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