Video Game Addiction Help for Teens From Utah

Gaming Rehab: What Can Utah Parents Do Now?

In 2010 the Kaiser Family Foundation surveyed 2,000 children ages 8-18 in 2010 and found children€™s screen time totals an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes per day.  53 hours per week in front of a screen is more than a full-time job and amounts to wasted time they could have been using learning a new skill, taking lessons, reading, or doing homework. video game rehab

In general, if a child is unwilling to participate in outpatient therapy, or if outpatient therapy in Utah  is just not making the changes you want, we can help. A gaming rehab or video game addiction rehab that is specifically designed for your child’s unique needs is your best path forward.

The next step up from outpatient therapy is a video game rehab.  Video game addiction help provides a €œreset€ on family relationships, but also with the relationship the child has with video games and the internet.  Simply put, the surest way to change a child’s video game habits is to create a total reset with online activity. That€™s where our gaming rehab comes into play.

The group component of video game rehab is what it’s all about.  At Camp Pocono Trails, we engage our campers as part of an interdependent team that works on engineering, science, and problem-solving tasks.  It takes the entire group to overcome the challenge. Interactions become grist for the mill in therapy, and therapists can intervene in real time to develop insight and practice coping skills.

Best of all, campers get socialization practice and learn how to interact with each other in socially appropriate ways.  If your child is socially behind, being bullied, or needs social practice, our gaming rehab is where they should be.

Utah Teens Can Find Success at Our Video Game Addiction Help

Internet gaming disorder is a serious issue in Utah.  Fortunately, at Camp Pocono Trails we help our campers build motivation by finding replacement activities that are healthy and more productive than mindlessly browsing the internet, watching Youtube, or playing endless hours of video games.

It€™s been our experience that after the initial detox period, campers find replacement activities quickly and can transfer their feelings of success online to an offline world.  Young minds are able to quickly adapt as routines and interests changes- especially if there is peer support helping the teen along.

We€™ve found some unique ways to transfer online skills to the real world.  For example- campers engage in drone races using controllers much like an XBox controller.  The difference is that they are outside, and racing through obstacles as part of a team.

Video Game Addiction Help for Utah Teens

Utah families seek our video game rehab center because of our unique ability to adapt to the academic curriculum for Utah campers.  Our video game addiction rehab helps gamers develop the internal drive and motivation to focus on academics- not the latest video game. video game rehab

Lack of self-regulation is the common denominator that affects a student’s preoccupation with video games and a lack of focus on everything else: school, friends, chores, reading, and so on.  At Camp Pocono Trails, developing self-regulation skills is what we do.

Using a harm reduction approach, Camp Pocono Trails campers become enlightened as to the habit-forming qualities of video games and social media, in addition to how exposure to different types of online media can change your perceptions of violence or gender roles.  Our video game rehab uses a harm reduction approach because it’s not realistic to totally give up computers and smartphones.

Under a harm reduction approach, teens learn how to limit their time devoted to video games, and to make better choices about how they are using screens.  Many times campers are unaware of the harm they are causing by playing endless hours of video games. Our structured video game rehab will help your teen learn to make better decisions about their daily life choices.

Video Game Addiction Help: Individual and Group Therapy for Utah Teens at Camp Pocono Trails

Teens at our Pennsylvania summer camp on 350 private acres receive individual and group therapy for video game addiction and internet overuse habits. We have licensed therapists helping teens develop insight and commit to new routines in life. In individual therapy, the issues are brought forth with one therapist listening and responding to the concerns. The type of feedback that is given, or if feedback is given, is dependent on the therapist’s training. The highly personal nature of the exchange between the therapist and student allows for a specific focus on the issues presented.

Group therapy, on the other hand, involves simultaneous interaction with people typically outside the client’s social and familial network: relative strangers.  Our campers can hear how video games have affected other’s lives and relationships. Input can be both given and received from other campers in this format.

We also have family therapy sessions where we help parents best support their teen upon their transition home from Camp Pocono Trails.  We discuss in family sessions how parents can reinforce positive feelings when a child sticks to their behavioral contract and we also encourage parents to reinforce negative feelings when the child fails to live up to behavioral expectations.

 

 

Who does Camp Pocono Trails help?

Camp Pocono Trails helps teens struggling with issues similar to those below:
– Autism Spectrum
– Technology Addiction
– Social Issues
– Impulse Control
– Low Self Esteem
– Social Anxiety Disorder
– Trauma
– Video game addiction
– School Refusal
– Anxiety
– Family Conflict
– Addictive Behaviors
– Social isolation
– ADHD
– Depression
– Poor Communication Skills

Resources

Video Game Addiction Help Resource: ESBR Ratings

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is the non-profit, self-regulatory body that assigns ratings for video games and apps so parents can make informed choices. The ESRB rating system encompasses guidance about age-appropriateness, content, and interactive elements.

As part of its self-regulatory role for the video game industry, the ESRB also enforces industry-adopted advertising guidelines and helps ensure responsible web and mobile privacy practices under its Privacy Certified program. ESRB was established in 1994 by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA).

 

Video Game Addiction Help Resource: Xbox LIVE Healthy Gaming Guide

As parents, our job is to prepare our children for the independence of adulthood.  Below is a valuable resource for parents you may want to try as a first step.

Xbox LIVE Healthy Gaming Guide

This guide is designed to help you be safe and comfortable while using your Xbox 360 and Xbox® to play video games.

Things to consider:

  • Position: Make sure your position is not encouraging discomfort.
  • Forces: Even low forces can cause injury, especially when repeated over time.
  • Breaks: Stepping away at regular intervals is important.
  • Health: Keep a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
  • Tools for Families: Find out how to use ratings, parental controls, and more.

https://www.xbox.com/en-US/Live/HealthyGamingGuide

Camp Pocono Trails helps families from Utah

Camp Pocono Trails helps Utah families from cities and towns like Park City Granite Alpine Little Cottonwood Creek Valley Mount Olympus Highland Bluffdale Midway Draper Holladay