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Kids spending too much time staring at screens? Focus on positive goals to get them moving and reading and talking

By Meghan Owenz, Assistant Teaching Professor of Rehabilitation and Human Services, Penn State
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As vaccines become more available and life begins returning to so-called normal, caregivers and educators may have to contend with dramatically increased screen habits that kids developed during the pandemic.

My research offers a positive – dare I say joyful – way to wean a child off of a screen habit. Instead of focusing on the excessive screen time, my approach focuses on the healthy activities that kids could be doing instead.


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