Use Shaping for Reducing Screen Time

  • Students on a computer

A common concern of parents is that their child is engaging in too much video game or TV time.  Many families have televisions, computers, tablets, and video game systems in their homes to complicate the problem.

When working with families to structure screen time, don’t advise them to take all of it away, rather work with them to use shaping to reduce it.  Slowly cut back on time. Once the child is successfully able to stick with the designated block of time, you can reduce it slowly.  Teach the parent how to reinforce the child for turning off devices calmly at the designated time. They should praise enthusiastically and use a small reward each time the child succeeds.  You will need four to six days of success before you can go to the next level.

By | 2017-07-26T16:59:54+00:00 May 1st, 2016|For Professionals|