Saturday, December 10, 2022

Comments by Victoria Prooday OT

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  • Marilyn,
    Thank you for highly important and profound article.

    I have been screaming the same message from the rooftops for the past 10 years. Finally, I am not alone fighting this battle!

    I am an Occupational Therapist. I have been treating kids with autism for more than 10 years and I have been observing the same phenomenon on a daily basis in my practice. I have seen a transformation in many of my clients once technology removed from their lives and replaced with activities specifically selected to meet a child’s developmental needs. Once parents, teachers, pediatricians see the drastic changes in a child’s social/emotional/communication development, they think it is magic, but it is just common sense! In some kids, we see the changes within days of a child’s lifestyle modification.

    Obviously, there are and always have been kids with “classic” autism which is not related to technology overuse. I work with many incredible parents who do everything they can to help their children diagnosed with autism, including eliminating technology, and despite their best efforts, their children continue to exhibit symptoms of autism as their symptoms are not related to early exposure to technology. Nevertheless, in either “classic” autism or “virtual” autism, elimination of technology from a child’s early development is crucial, but in cases of “virtual” autism, it makes a drastic difference.

    Visit my blog where I also write about the negative impact of technology on a child’s nervous system