Dr. Randy Kulman

Randy Kulman

Randy Kulman, PhD, is the Founder and President of LearningWorks for Kids, an educational technology company that specializes in using video games to teach executive functioning and academic skills. For the past 25 years, Dr. Kulman has also been the Clinical Director and President of South County Child and Family Consultants, a multidisciplinary group of private practitioners that specializes in assessment and interventions for children with learning disorders and attention difficulties.

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Why Parents Should Be Playing Games With Kids

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This article originally appeared on LearningWorksForKids.com, a site dedicated to talking about games and technology in relation to “alternative learners,” which includes kids with learning disabilities, dyslexia, autism, and ADHD. We’re excited to have a relationship with LearningWorks For Kids where we will be cross-posting articles and supporting each other in emphasizing the positive aspects of gaming and technology. Read More

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5 Games That Help Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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This article originally appeared on LearningWorksForKids.com, a site dedicated to talking about games and technology in relation to “alternative learners,” which includes kids with learning disabilities, dyslexia, autism, and ADHD. We’re excited to have a relationship with LearningWorks For Kids, cross-posting articles and supporting each other in emphasizing the positive aspects of gaming and technology. In this post, Dr. Randy Kulman gives a list of five great games that can help kids with autism.

Many children with mild symptoms of autism (referred to as Level 1 autism spectrum disorder) enjoy playing popular video games with their peers. Playing popular video games allows them to share an interest with other kids their age, practice and improve social skills, and learn a variety of problem-solving and executive functioning skills. Playing popular games also helps children affected by autism relate to their peers, provides them with an opportunity to excel at something of interest, and often produces increased levels of interaction with others. Here are five popular games that help children with autism spectrum disorders get connected with their peers. Read More

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Minecraft Can Help Kids with Autism

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This article originally appeared on LearningWorksForKids.com, a site dedicated to talking about games and technology in relation to “alternative learners,” which includes kids with learning disabilities, dyslexia, autism, and ADHD. We’re excited to have a relationship with LearningWorks For Kids, cross-posting articles and supporting each other in emphasizing the positive aspects of gaming and technology. In this post, Dr. Randy Kulman talks about how sandbox games like Minecraft can help kids with autism. Read More

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Screen Time Concerns: Setting Limits on Video Game Time

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This article originally appeared on LearningWorksForKids.com, a site dedicated to talking about games and technology in relation to “alternative learners,” which includes kids with learning disabilities, dyslexia, autism, and ADHD.  In this post, Dr. Randy Kulman gives advice on how to set practical limits on your kids’ video game time.

I am a child clinical psychologist, and while my five children might argue that you could find better advice elsewhere (I do know that they love me, anyway), the parents of my patients often ask me for recommendations on child-rearing practices. One of the most common questions they ask is how to limit kids’ video game, social media, and technology use. I routinely caution parents that they need to recognize the individuality of each of their children and tailor their parenting approach accordingly, but there are some general rules that apply to all children when it comes to video game and technology use. You might think that as the founder of an educational technology company, my answer to queries about limiting digital play would be, “Don’t.” This is not the case! Read More

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Treating ADHD with Video Games and Exercise

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This article originally appeared on LearningWorksForKids.com, a site dedicated to talking about games and technology in relation to “alternative learners,” which includes kids with learning disabilities, dyslexia, autism, and ADHD. We’re excited to have a relationship with LearningWorks For Kids where we will be cross-posting articles and supporting each other in emphasizing the positive aspects of gaming and technology. In this post, Dr. Randy Kulman talks about how gaming and exercise can help kids with ADHD. Read More

8 Reasons Kids with Autism Should Play Games

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This article originally appeared on LearningWorksForKids.com, a site dedicated to talking about games and technology in relation to “alternative learners,” which includes kids with learning disabilities, dyslexia, autism, and ADHD. We’re excited to have a relationship with LearningWorks For Kids where we will be cross-posting articles and supporting each other in emphasizing the positive aspects of gaming and technology. In this post, Dr. Randy Kulman talks about how gaming can help kids with autism.

There have been a number of reports over the past year that express concern about whether or not children with autism should play video games. These studies have indicated that children on the autism spectrum tend to become overly engaged in video game play and sometimes display other problematic behaviors, such as inattention or obsession—particularly with roleplaying games. While these studies suggest caution and effective limit-setting on video game play for children with autism, there is much proof that playing video games can be extremely beneficial for children with mild symptoms of autism. We’ve compiled eight ways children with autism can benefit from playing video games. Read More