How do you empower your teen with ASD, ADHD, and executive functioning challenges to transfer their video game skills into real life success?  Dr. Randy Kulman, clinical psychologist, author, and founder and president of LearningWorks for Kids joins Annette Hines, host of Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast to talk about his work with teens using the power of playing video games. Having a healthy balance of play is important in developing personal skills your teen will use in their adult life. Dr. Randy Kulman works with teens to detect their developed skills in video game playing, reflects on those skills, and connects the skills of the teen to the real world. This person-centered planning strategy helps to find a teen’s natural inclination and teaches them to use it in the real world. What are the types of play and how do you leverage one kind of play with the other? How do you encourage a healthy balance in their play diet? Tune in to find out more and learn about how your teen could benefit from  programs using the coupon code Podcast 04. We would love to hear what you think about our episode. Please leave a comment!

Dr. Randy Kulman. is the founder of LearningWorks for Kids an educational technology company that specializes in using video games to teach executive-functioning and academic skills. He conducts neuropsychological evaluations of children with executive functioning and attention difficulties at South County Child and Family Consultants in Rhode Island. His latest project is  a live, online, small-group executive function tutoring program that uses games such as Minecraft and Roblox to practice and improve executive functions. Dr. Randy Kulman is the author of  Train Your Brain for Success: A Teenager’s Guide to Executive Function Playing Smarter in a Digital World, and  The Gaming Overload Workbook.  His current research projects include the development of a parent and teacher scale for assessing executive-functioning skills in children and a large survey study examining how children with ADHD and Autism use popular video games and apps.

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