Mar 23, 2018
Dr. Lindsay Henderson is a clinical psychologist and currently
the assistant director of Psychological Services at American Well.
Before her position as assistant director, Lindsay worked as Staff
Psychologist in the Child and Adolescent Division at McLean
Hospital and also has experience in Harvard Medical School as
Clinical Instructor. Her work revolves around adolescents and
helping them cope with distress and emotional difficulty.
Today, Lindsay talks about how today’s kids and young
adolescents suffer stress primarily due to lack of sleep brought on
by excessive use of smart phones and tablets. She also gives tips
to parents regarding how to properly handle their kids’
relationship with technology.
“Our technology progresses much more than parenting can keep up
with.” Dr. Lindsay Henderson
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- There is a dysfunction in parenting in today’s society
particularly on sleep issues with children.
- Advances and changes in society make it difficult for kids and
adolescents to learn how to get to sleep and stay asleep for a good
amount of time.
- Integrating technology in children's lives safely and healthily
is not as fast as advancements in technology.
- We should not have phones and tablets before bedtime.
- Constant access to technology provides a constant stimulation
which results to a child never truly learning to tolerate their own
thoughts or emotions by themselves, especially because social media
- Kids constantly have tablets or phones that turn their
attention away from the task at hand. They never learn how to focus
on one thing.
- Families should implement tech-free time in the household.
- Tech-free time in the morning before school is important as it
sets the tone of the day in our brains to go forth engaging
mindfully with one task at a time.
- Emotional skillset may not develop and cultivate when kids turn
their attention towards technology use.
- Sleep is a challenging task emotionally. Sleep is the ultimate
separation from reality as we are vulnerable when we close our eyes
for hours at a time. When people are unable to develop skills to
tolerate separation it can be difficult to get yourself ready to
- Poor quantity of sleep correlates (not causes) trying drugs and
alcohol at an earlier age.
- Sleep is something that needs to be worked on constantly. It's
a habit that needs to be practiced and developed.
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