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The Truth Behind Screen Time

What are the screen time recommendations?

This past September, Screen TImethe American Academy of Pediatrics updated its screen time recommendations to reflect the modern use and frequency of media. Parents are most familiar with the 1999 guidelines “discouraging ‘screen time’ for children under age 2 and limiting ‘screen time’ to two hours a day for children over age 2” (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2011). This recommendation isn’t practical in today’s environment where media has become integrated into our everyday lives, including parenting. To address this media shift the AAP hosted a “Media Research Symposium”, which exposed important information for parents struggling to navigate “screen time” in this media-rich age.

These are some of our key takeaways:

  • Screen media that mimics live interaction, like video-conferencing, promotes learning (Lexercise uses live,   interactive video-conferencing.)
  • “Co-viewing” and “co-participating” in your child’s media usage will increase the educational value by making them feel empowered and engaged (Lexercise daily practice guardian activities are designed for co-viewing and co-participating.)
  • Digital media can improve behavior: executive function, self-control, problem-solving skills, and ability to follow directions (Lexercise’s interactive methods are designed to improve attention and self-regulation.)
  • Media content matters more than the platform or time (Lexercise’s content is the research-backed structured literacy methodology.)
  • Well-designed, educational games can promote experimentation, interactive learning, self-efficacy, and inquiry (Lexercise’s interactive games are designed to reinforce word structure concepts and reward daily practice.)
  • “Digital media that distracts from social interactions (e.g., background TV, parents’ media over-use) clearly impairs learning, while other media (e.g., Skype, Facetime) can promote social interactions and learning” (Lexercise is built on a foundation of social interaction, both for direct instruction and for daily practice.)


3 C’s of a Balanced Media Diet


Screen Time

Parenting is without a doubt changing in today’s technological era in which, “[m]ost children under the age of 8 now have access to mobile devices in their homes” (Farmer Kris, 2015). So how can you embrace this technology and make it a benefit of your child’s life? Michael Levine and Lisa Guernsey writers of “Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens” recommend following the 3 C’s of a balanced media diet: content, context, child.


1. Content

Does this content support my child’s learning?

Is it well designed for learning specifically?

Does it make sense for my child’s age and developmental stage?

Lexercise is specifically designed using research-backed methods to educate and enhance literacy skills through technology.

2. Context

Is this a good balance in my child’s schedule?

Are they still getting other necessities in their life like social interaction, exercise, and sleep?

We customize everything for you and your child to accommodate your schedules and focus on distributing practice to prevent learning overload and frustration.

3. Child

How does my child respond to this media? Does it evoke positive or negative reactions?

Make sure to engage with your child’s media consumption. “Research indicates that ‘joint media engagement’ — talking with children about what they are viewing, experiencing or creating — supports cognitive development and helps children learn more from media” (Farmer Kris).

The Lexercise guardian activities are specifically designed to support “joint media engagement”.

If your child is struggling with reading, writing, or spelling Lexercise can raise their literacy skills as well as incorporate beneficial technology into your child’s life.

Educational Therapy vs. Tutoring: What Parents Should Know

This is a guest post by Asha Jaleel, Lexercise Teletherapy Partner

Note: this blog article is the first in a series about educational therapy and educational therapists and their role in helping struggling learners achieve academic success.

Do these statements describe your child?

  • says he/she is not smart
  • has low self-confidence about school work
  • is discouraged about his/her academic progress
  • hates school and/or resists going to school
  • is unusually tired after school
  • requires much longer than peers to complete homework and school work
  • continues to struggle despite special help and tutoring

If this sound familiar your child might benefit from working with an educational therapist.

Educational therapy is dramatically different from traditional tutoring

  • Tutors typically use the same or very similar education methods as are used in classroom learning.  In contrast, educational therapists use methods that are individualized and unique to the specific learner.
  • Tutors typically focus on current classwork, homework, and tests while educational therapists address the causes of academic struggles.
  • Tutors typically re-teach or review material that has been taught in the classroom whereas educational therapists focus on teaching clear and efficient ways of thinking and remembering that enable efficient learning for all academic subjects (e.g., reading, writing, mathematics).
  • One educational therapist suggested an analogy to a struggling swimmer: Educational therapy teaches a person to swim while tutoring just works on keeping them afloat.

Educational therapists are trained to work with issues like:

  • dyslexia and other reading disorders
  • dysgraphia and other writing disorders
  • dyscalculia and other math disorders
  • attention-deficit /hyperactivity disorders (ADHD)
  • working memory problems
  • auditory and visual processing problems
  • executive functioning (e.g., organization and time management) problems

Educational therapists use the power of a personal relationship to encourage student motivation and to set up a relaxing,  safe, and rewarding learning atmosphere.

Katrina de Hirsch, an early education therapy pioneer,  said that the aim of educational therapy is to develop a “treatment alliance” with the student, fostering the student’s understanding of their learning patterns and teaching them how to manage them.

The next articles in this series will present some examples of how educational therapy has helped children and review some recent research on the effectiveness of educational therapy for specific types of difficulties.