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Can reducing screen time help kids with attention disorders?

Michael Rich, MD, MPH

Michael Rich, MD, MPH, is Children’s Hospital Boston’s media expert and director of Children’s Center on Media and Child Health. Take a look at his blog archive or follow him on Twitter @CMCH_Boston.

Earlier this week he discussed some of the scientific reasoning behind TurnOff Week, here he talks about how lessening screen time (while monitoring other environmental stimuli,) may be beneficial for children with attention deficit disorders.

Q: For the past 6 weeks, we’ve not allowed our 7-year-old son to use video, TV, or the computer, and we have noticed a slight improvement in his hyperactivity. Do you think that keeping the screens off for a longer period of time will continue to improve his ability to focus?Milder without Media in Scranton, PA

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