brenna hicks

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Brenna owns a Play Therapy private-practice called The Kid Counselor Center. She provides parent training, children’s therapy, and expertise on child development.

Featured in The New York Times, on CNN and other national and international media, she is committed to helping families thrive through writing, speaking, and counseling. A native Floridian, she loves the beach, the sun, and Rays baseball. She lives in the Tampa Bay Area with her husband and son.

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Welcome to the generation of device addiction – an era of phones, tablets, iPads, laptops, and computers – all in the hands of children! Our kids are bombarded by apps, shows, games, and content designed to get them hooked and keep them coming back for more. We have seen evidence of kids melting down when they are prevented from having their device, and tantrums when they are told to turn them off. This is creating academic, social, behavioral, mental, and physical struggles, while most of us are unaware of the root cause.

In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Brenna Hicks, a private practice play therapist and professor, explores the rise of technology in homes and families, and the prevalent access that Generation Alpha (born after 2010) has had almost since birth to devices. It is no coincidence that childhood diagnoses and mental health issues are skyrocketing as kids spend more time in front of a screen and less time playing outside.

With honesty and candor, Hicks discusses her own experience with her son’s obsession with screen time and her turning point. She also dives into the science and data on the negative impact that screen overuse is having on our children, both physiologically and psychologically. She introduces a play therapy based suite of skills that help us build healthy and effective communication with our children, and provides tested systems for finding a healthy balance of screen use in our homes.


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