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Is it Harmful to Children?


2015-0818 Too Much TVExcerpt of article by Leslie Barker | The Dallas Morning News

Maryam Morse and her husband formulated a plan for allotting their sons time to play video games and watch TV. The boys could do so, but only after reading, completing their homework and practicing the piano.

The boys loved the plan. Their parents, however, did not.

“We found they were racing through everything. They weren’t focused,” Morse says. “They were just going through the motions of what we’d consider enriching activities, just to get to the golden prize of screen time.”

Now, there’s no screen time Monday through Friday. None.


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Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

3 Responses to “Is it Harmful to Children?”

  • Matt Maher says:

    Will do Scott.

  • Matt Maher says:

    Great piece Scott. Social media, mass media, etc., I believe in my case really had a negative impact on me after my brain injuries. It has contributed to my sensory overload. I didn’t learn about sensory overload unitl last summer and being taught by the team of brain injury researchers and speech therapists at the Univsersity of Washington’s Rehabilitation Clinic about it and doing research on sensory overload myself I have found that in my life as mass media got larger and larger from my childhood in the late 70s and 80s to the present day then adding social media in the 90s till now my sensory overload got worse. I am a firm believer in sensory overload after a brain injury. I have most of the symptoms since I was three years old. I just was never educated about it until last year. Thanks for blogging about this

    • Scott says:

      My pleasure, Matt. Feel free to comment on my many other posts. If you notice any errors or omissions, please let me know.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.