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Gift Tips - Ditching The Screen During The Holidays

Gift Tips - Ditching The Screen During The Holidays

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Consider this: 170 million Americans gave tech gifts last holiday season, and the average age for a child to own their first smartphone is now 10 years old.

The popularity of tech toys for young kids adds to a growing problem — studies show kids are spending over eight hours a day with different media — and screen addiction? has been linked to ADHD.

According to Brain Balance Achievement Centers [https://www.brainbalancecenters.com/]—a holistic, drug-free approach to addressing behavioral, social, and learning difficulties in kids — non-tech gifts especially help children with difficulties stay active and de-stressed throughout the year.

Here are Seven Gifts That Help Kids with Difficulties Ditch the Screen:

1. Fat Brain Toys Mini Squigz

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00T8HWBRG/

These suction-cup construction pieces can create fun masterpieces while boosting fine motor skills. Sets like these encourage creativity and providea satisfying sensation for kids who have sensory processing disorders.

2. ALEX Toys Artist Studio Colossal Art Set

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J0U6T0Q/

With 315 crayons, pastels, markers and more, the creative possibilities are endless. Doodling helps kids with busy hands focus and relax.

3. Mandala Coloring Book for Kids

https://www.amazon.com/Mandala-Coloring-Book-Kids-Relaxation/dp/1540861244/

Now that your young artist has all the tools, don't forget to give them something to draw!

4. A crash pad

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004NTO8T8/

Embrace the chaos of this holiday season with a crash pad, a helpful tool for kids with attention issues or sensory processing conditions. Crash pads let children run, jump, and roll in a safe space while giving them a thick, foam-filled cushion for calm-down time.

5. Creativity for Kids Grow 'n Glow Terrarium

https://www.amazon.com/Creativity-Kids-Grow-Glow-Terrarium/dp/B00I9KDFK0/

Art and science kits that emphasize the creative process, not the final product, and is an educational way to keep curious kids engaged.

6. Warmkins

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J94SYTG/

Younger kids on the autism spectrum will especially love these soft, weighted stuffed animals. You can even heat them up in the microwave to help relax a child with sensory processing disorder.

7. Kinetic Sand

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IG4YB5W/

This sand sticks to itself, letting kids build any structure they can dream of making cleanup super easy. Children with sensory integration issues can turn to its soft, squishy texture for stress relief.

Research has shown that excessive screen exposure increases the probability of getting ADHD. Parents who think their child might have a social, behavioral, or learning difficulty can take this simple online assessment: https://www.brainbalancecenters.com/our-program/childs-personalized-plan/online-assessment

After years of helping children with behavioral and social challenges, the experts at Brain Balance have developed a cutting-edge (and drug-free) program combining sensory motor exercises, academic stimulation, and a clean-eating nutritional program to correct brain imbalance and improve achievement.


 

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