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For years I have experimented with various approaches to engage youth and young adults in physical activities outside of the counselling office. I have come to conclude that my first sports love, tennis, is one of the best (if not the THE BEST) activity to achieve positive outcomes for youth struggling with emotional distress, learning difficulties and problematic behaviors.
I maybe biased. After all, I not only fell in love with tennis, but was motivated enough to have been certified as a tennis coach for a 7-year period of my adult life. Yet here is what the US Professional Tennis Association has to say about the physical and psychological reasons to pick up tennis.
For more information about my tennis coaching, with a strong clinical/resilience-building focus, please visit www.playtenniswell.com .
Most who inquire about my services do so because of problematic use of screen technologies in youth, i.e. teenagers ages 13 to early twenties. Reasonably so because this is the period when the developing teen faces the demands of sound decision-making and planning in order to successfully enter adulthood.
However, it is never too early to seek education and support! I often work with families struggling with mental health, behavioral and learning challenges in their tweens (ages 7 to 12; i.e. elementary school age kids).
Remember, we live on arguably the most technophilic (technology loving) continent in this increasingly technophilic world in an unprecedentedly technophilic age in human history. It is only responsible for parents to take leadership in instilling values that safeguard children from the negative effects that screen technologies bring into their lives.
Please call and chat about this. Partner with me to simplify our daily living without getting inundated with everything too much, too quickly, and in an irrelevant manner. Do it today!
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor based in Vancouver, BC, Canada offering my expertise in treating problematic use of electronic technologies (PUOET). Feel free to browse this site to learn more about this emerging health problem, as well as what you may do if you are affected by it either as a technology user yourself or as relative or friend of someone who struggles with it.